The water police in Satun Province rescued a Thai fisherman on 14 April 2020 who went to work in Malaysia. The man had been traveling for 2 days straight and was extremely weak. Rattanapol Panun 45 years old from the main city of Satun Province couldn’t wait until the official date to travel back home in Thailand so he decided to do whatever it took to return to Satun.
Police Lieutenant Colonel from the Satun Water Police reported that the man had traveled from Perlis, Malaysia to Satun, Thailand. Rattanapol walked for 2 days straight until he arrived at Ban Khlong Klam. There was a river about 100 meters wide in between the lands and the man believed he could swim across with no issues. He had already reached halfway when the tides started to get really strong and he was struggling to keep up. While he was in the moment of danger luckily a local boat came by.
Inside the boat were 2 persons, they wanted to save him but they were also afraid of COVID-19. So Rattanapol held onto the side of the boat and they drove to the land. When they arrived a person on the boat called the village chief in Soi Pla Kem, the chief then called the water police. This is when 3 officials came and got the man out of the water on boat no.28. The man had been starving for 2 days, officials gave him some water and food. Rattanapol was delivered to the hospital and is now in quarantine.
Rattanapol stated that he had been waiting for 20 days with no signs of hope to return home. There are more fishermen stuck in Perlis, Malaysia but he couldn’t wait any longer and decided to travel alone. Perlis is only about 10 kilometers away from Satun, but it took him a long time as the passage was rough and the tides were not in his favor.
FB Caption: Rattanapol couldn’t wait for the official dates so he traveled on foot back to Thailand.