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Woman drowns as pickup plunges into lake

PHUKET: A 50-year-old woman failed to escape from her pickup truck and drowned in it after the vehicle plunged into a tin mine lagoon in Kathu this morning (May 29).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 29 May 2022, 12:54PM

Lt Col Kiattisak Saengmanee of the Kathu Police was notified of the accident, opposite the GSM Duty Free Shop on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd at 6:20am.

Police along with Kusoldharm Foundation and Kathu Municipality Rescue Service arrived at the scene to find a damaged roadside barrier and marks on the ground leading to a nearby lake. The vehicle could not be seen. 

Witnesses told police that a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck with Phuket license plates failed to navigate the road, which resulted in the vehicle veering off the and plunging into the lake. A woman was trapped inside and failed to get out, the witnesses added. 

Rescue divers from the Kusoldharm Foundation inspected the sunken vehicle and confirmed the woman’s body was still inside. It took more than two hours to take the vehicle out of the lake and retrieve the body. 

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The victim was identified as Chanpen Sombat, 50, from Patong. The identity was confirmed by the woman’s son and daughter who arrived at the scene while rescue workers were retrieving the body. 

From the initial investigation, police believe that the woman was driving from Phuket International Airport to her house in Patong and lost control of her car on the slippery road. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, though the investigation is not officially finished yet.

Ms Chanpen’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for doctors to confirm the cause of death, which is believed to be drowning.

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DeKaaskopp | 31 May 2022 - 23:30:38

Save your little money Christy , as you would loose the bet.

christysweet | 31 May 2022 - 13:27:57

 A new vehicle every 3 years is a great way to accelerate waste and pollution of our shared environment. Bet they were oversized gas guzzlers, too. Bravo.

Pooliekev | 30 May 2022 - 20:17:52

Kurt; buy cheap, get cheap. 

DeKaaskopp | 30 May 2022 - 15:30:33

@JohnC   A person died and as usual you keep speculating without having any clue !  Get a life !

DeKaaskopp | 30 May 2022 - 15:26:21

@Kurt     I bought 4 new cars in the last 12 years. All different brands and in different price segments. None of them came with a " pin point car window hammer" ! 

christysweet | 30 May 2022 - 12:32:23

My last car was a 2000 model but don't all cars today have electric door locks which also might short out and make it impossible to open the door? 

CaptainJack69 | 30 May 2022 - 11:58:00

Tragic. Condolences.

An emergency hammer has a point for breaking glass and a blade for cutting seat-belts. Good thing to have handy.

Otherwise stay calm, as the water rises the door will get easier to open. This knowledge has saved peoples lives.

Better still, drive safely and respect the road conditions.

Kurt | 30 May 2022 - 11:06:53

There are special small 'pin-point' car window hammers. Normally when you buy a car, such a small hammer with a orange color handle comes with it. Keep such hammer in the door pocket.

christysweet | 30 May 2022 - 10:28:29

There are  several good reasons to stow a medium sized hammer under your seat  and this is one of them- to break out a window after the electric motors short out. The headrest can also be removed easily and used in a similiar manner. 

JohnC | 30 May 2022 - 09:25:42

How about the true facts. She was not a competent driver and was probably playing with her dumbphone while driving too fast for the conditions. The road looks very straight where all the gawkers are standing.


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