Fishing vendor dies in Vamco flooding


A Pattaya hotpot vendor who went hunting for fish in the floodwaters created by tropical depression Vamco was swept away and found a day later 1.5 kilometers from where he disappeared.

More than 20 Nongprue police officers, soldiers and rescuers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation fanned out around 11 a.m. Sept. 18 to find Pallop Pakdee, 35, who went missing around 2 p.m. the day before near the small Ta Kieow Dam in the sub-district’s Moo 1 village.

They found his body near the downstream Ton Yang Dam, nude and lying face down with crushing injuries to his head and face.

Pallop’s friend, Prayut Sema, 30, said the dead man sold hotpot meals at the Rong Poh Market.

Before he died, he invited Prayut to hunt for fish with him near a small local dam during the flood and they both went. Pallop was swimming over to the other side of the rushing water before he was eventually washed away. He then contacted the police.