12-year-old drowns at Dongtan Beach

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A 12-year-old boy tragically drowned after taking off his life-jacket on Dongtan Beach.

Keeranan Songkhram, 12, perished July 16 while playing in the waves with a Chinese tour group. His father Meenainakhorn Songkhram, 31, met rescuers at the scene.

Witnesses said beach chair vendors had told the youngster to wear a life jacket while in the water, which he did. But the boy inexplicably took off the jacket at some point and drowned.