Police officer in Songkhla honoured for saving a child from drowning in lake

Songkhla Provincial Police Command yesterday (Jan 8) honoured it's police officer for his courage in jumping into the sea to save a 5-year-old girl from drowning after she fell off the ferry.

Honoured for his heroic act was Pol Capt Somphon Meeluenloi, deputy inspector for crime suppression at Singha Nakhon police station.

The girl fell off from the ferry into the seawater along with her father as both disembarked the ferry at the pier on January 4.

Colleagues applauded while Songkhla police commander Pol Maj Gen Preeda Piemwari honoured his heroic act and presented him the award.

Pol Capt Somphon said he was travelling on the ferry with his son from Muang district to go home in Singha Nakhon when he saw the girl slip into the seawater along with her father while disembarking the ferry.

He promptly jumped in to rescue the girl.

He said it was his duty as a police officer to provide aid when encountering such an incident.

I am happy that both the girl and her parent are safe, he said.

The officer also thanked all people around on the ferry that day for their helping hands.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)