Thai police officer tragically drowns after leaping into dam to pursue drug dealer

A Thai police officer tragically lost his life whereas pursuing a drug vendor within the Isaan province of Yasothon. The officer, police main Ekkapong “Ton” Tipanee, jumped into a four-metre-deep dam to assist a colleague arrest the suspected drug vendor however drowned in the course of.
Officers from Mueang Yasothon Police Station, and divers from Sawang Ruamjai Rescue, have been alerted to the situation at Huai Nam Kaeo Dam in Yasothon at three.30pm yesterday.
The seek for Ton took nearly seven hours till they discovered his body around 20 metres from the place he had initially jumped in at 10.15pm.
Shocking who joined the mission reported that they spotted a suspicious motorcycle rider, 26 yr old man named Narathip “Kla” Photai, whereas on patrol and ordered Kla to stop so they could question him. Kla abruptly left his motorcycle and ran away from the scene as a result of he had drugs with him.
The events unfolded when the police staff pursued the suspected drug dealer, who eventually jumped into a nearby dam. Senior police sergeant major Natcha Thongmanee, who was part of the pursuit, witnessed the suspect struggling within the water and determined to jump in to assist him.
However, the scenario quickly turned dire as each Natcha and the suspect found themselves unable to stay afloat. It was at this level that Ton jumped into the water to assist. Sadly, Ton succumbed to the water after affected by a attainable leg cramp.
While Kla was ultimately rescued and brought to Yasothon Hospital, Ton’s destiny was less lucky. Despite calling for backup from the police station and rescue group, Ton was later discovered to have drowned. It is a tragedy that has deeply affected the police department and the neighborhood at massive.
Ton was a single dad who just lately obtained a promotion just three days before the incident.
This incident follows an analogous tragedy that occurred last month when a 28 12 months old lance corporal police officer Autthapon Boonme was shot and killed by a drug suspect throughout a high-speed motorcycle chase in the Isaan province of Nakhon Ratchasima..

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