Man drowns and 10-year-old boy missing at Songkhla beach

A father of a 10-year-old boy drowned after he saved his son from drowning and tried to rescue another boy at Sanam Chai beach in Songkhla's Sathing Phra district on Monday (March 26)

According to witnesses, the two boys, Phoom Chantarak and Rattanaphol Wunklinhom, both 10-year-old, and three friends went swimming in the sea amid strong wind and waves.

Both were sucked by strong waves into the sea while other boys managed to swim back on the beach and cried for help.

Suraphol Wunklinhom, 54, father of Rattanaphol, then rushed to the sea and managed to save his son to safety.

As Suraphol tried a second time to save another boy, Phoom, he was exhausted and later drowned. Nearby villagers helped pull the father back on shore but he was dead.

Phum was still missing as rescuers resumed the search this morning (March 27).

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)