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 pond 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 the 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.
It is heartbreaking to publish stories like this but it is clear that the message is not getting home about the dangers of swimming in ponds and lakes. Children love water and when the weather turns hotter, the lure of a cool swim can be irresistible to them.
However, there are many hidden dangers and once children are out of their depth they can soon find themselves in trouble. Cramp and hidden weeds account for most drownings and more needs to be done to educate children about the possible consequences.
Parents take note !