Doc­tor feared drowned af­ter farewell note found

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

Rel­a­tives of a doc­tor in Phit­san­u­lok prov­ince fear he may have drowned in the Nan River af­ter his mo­tor­cy­cle was found aban­doned at a bridge and an ap­par­ent sui­cide note was dis­cov­ered at his home.

Rel­a­tives of Phatthisak Chang­paisalkul, 36, con­tacted po­lice on Tues­day night af­ter he could not be lo­cated and a note was found.

They tracked the sig­nal of his mo­bile phone and found it hang­ing from the han­dle­bars of his mo­tor­cy­cle un­der the bridge over the Nan River in Moo 3 vil­lage, Tam­bon Tha Pho Muang district.

Po­lice and divers from the Bu­rapha Res­cue Op­er­a­tion unit be­gan a search for Phatthisak but called it off shortly af­ter dark amid un­cer­tainty over where they should fo­cus their at­ten­tion.

Maitree Krataithon, 43, a wit­ness, told au­thor­i­ties that he saw a man fish­ing at the bridge at 10pm on Tues­day but later saw a man swim­ming in the river and let­ting him­self get car­ried down­stream.

Maitree said he saw the man car­ried down­stream for more than a kilo­me­tre be­fore he dis­ap­peared from view at the river bend.

Maitree said he then heard dogs bark­ing and thought the man might have climbed up the river­bank at the spot where the dogs were bark­ing.

Res­cuers were un­sure about the cor­rect area to search and so called it off for the night.

They in­tended to use boats to con­tinue the search yes­ter­day in case the doc­tor drowned and his body resur­faced down­stream.

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