Last Saturday afternoon, a Thai man and his seven-year-old daughter jumped into the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom’s main district and drowned, police suspect a suicide case.
Captain Jamras Srihata, a police officer in the main district, said the incident took place at about 6:30 p.m. in the Mekong River in front of the governor’s residence on Sunthorn Wichit Road.
A rescue unit from Muang Nakhon Phanom Municipality and divers from the Mekong Riverine Unit rushed to the pier from where the man and his daughter were seen in the river. Their dogs jumped into the river after them.
After about an hour of searching, rescuers and divers retrieved the bodies of the man and his daughter from the river not far from the pier.
The man was identified as Rakangngern Intra, age 30, a food delivery courier. The daughter was Kulnart Intra, 7, a Prathom 1 student at Tessaban 4 school.
When their bodies were brought ashore, the two dogs, who had previously swam to shore, approached their owners.
Somkid, the 53-year-old mother of Rakangngerns, said her son had two daughters, ages 7 and 4. His wife left him about two years ago, leaving the two daughters in his care. She, Rakangngern and the two girls lived in a rented house in the municipality.
The mother said her son was about 100,000 baht in debt and had expressed concern, but she had no idea he would take such a tragic course of action.
If you or someone you know is depressed and contemplating suicide, get help.
A special organization has been set up in Thailand, which is available 24 hours a day for people who are in spiritual need
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health care, please contact the Thai Samaritans on the 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline on 1323 ( Thai).
It is also possible to contact this voluntary organization via the Internet: http://www.samaritansthai.com/news/samaritans-of-thailand-
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