Tragedy strikes as three Kabinburi children drown on day off from school
Three children who were all relatives died after drowning in a village pond as they enjoyed a day off school.
The Ban Khao Poon school was out for the day so five children went to the deep water nearby for a swim.
But three girls got into difficulty and despite the efforts of a male relative could not be saved.
Medics retrieved them all from the pond as two mothers rushed to scene to see their children dead and lined up on the bank.
Dead at the scene were Suwatjanee Palee, 10, and sisters Natchathawan Kamman, 12, and Laddawan Khamman, 10.
Suwatjanee's distraught mother said she had been called at work to say her daughter had drowned. Sawitree, the mother of the sisters told Banmuang reporters of her grief and incredulity that a normal day could turn to such terror.
Drowning is the leading cause of death of children under 15 in Thailand, figures have shown.
Some 2,000 - 2,500 children meet such a fate in Thailand each year many dying in village ponds.
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