Thai-MECC rescues Phang Nga student from perilous waters

Photo: Royal Thai Navy/Third Area Command

A dramatic rescue operation unfolded yesterday in the swift waters between Phuket and mainland Thailand. A student from Phang Nga, who was seen jumping off the Sarasin Bridge, was rescued by a local fishing boat and the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center (THAI-MECC).

The THAI-MECC, stationed at the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command in Cape Panwa, received word of the incident around 11.40am. The unit, already in the vicinity for a support mission, immediately hurried to the scene. They were responding to reports of a man seen floating in the channel.

Upon reaching the location, the navy personnel discovered that the man had been pulled onboard a local fishing vessel. They quickly transferred him to their high-speed rigid inflatable boat, ensuring his swift evacuation from the perilous waters.

The rescuers then rushed the man to shore at Tha Noon, located on the Phang Nga side of the channel. From there, he was swiftly transported to Takua Thung Hospital in Phang Nga for immediate medical attention.

The Third Area Command’s online post confirmed the man to be a student hailing from Phang Nga Province. The update also stated that he is still undergoing treatment at Takua Thung Hospital, reported Phuket News.

In light of such incidents, it’s vital to remember that emotional support and counselling are available for those in need. The Samaritans of Thailand operate a 24-hour hotline (02-113-6789) offering services in both English and Thai. The Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 is another valuable resource for individuals seeking help.

In related news, Wuttisak Mangkang, a 12th grade student known as Nong Euro, bravely rescued a family of three from drowning in Thailand’s Nakhon Nayok province. Acting heroically, the Nakhon Nayok School student jumped into the water and successfully brought the struggling family to safety.

In acknowledgement of Wuttisak’s commendable deeds, the Office of Education in Nakhon Nayok honoured him with the Good Citizen Award. Read more HERE.

Phuket News

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.