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Woman jumps off pier into Chao Phraya river. Passing Suvarnabhumi engineer jumps out of speedboat saves drowning woman. 

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Dramatic Chao Phraya rescue (video)

10 Apr 2013
Online Reporters

Rescuer throws lifebuoy to drowning woman in Chao Phraya river (Source: YouTube)

An alert passenger captured a video of a dramatic rescue in the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, when a man saved a woman from drowning, and was then, in turn, saved by her.

The video clip has gone viral on the internet.

It was recorded by a boat passenger near Kiak Kai pier in Bangkok. The man, carrying a lifebuoy tried to swim out to the woman, who was struggling to keep her head above water.

However, the current was too strong and he was unable to reach her. So he threw the lifebelt toward her.

The woman was saved by the lifebuoy, but the then the man appeared to lose out against the waves and the current, and started drowning.

The woman, who remained alert, quickly swam to the man with the lifebelt, and he was able to cling to it. Both of them were saved.

According to passengers on a speedboat who witnessed the incident, the woman did not fall into the river but jumped off the pier. Some thought that she was trying to commit suicide.

The man who rescued the woman was one of the passengers on the speedboat.

After the video was posted on YouTube and other social media websites, netizens heaped praise on the woman's rescuer.

According to a Facebook user, the "courageous" man is Phitsanu Hongkamsang, a Thai Airways International engineer working at Suvarnabhumi airport.

"The man's actions are admirable. Watching this clip reminds me that not all Thais are selfish. There are many good people here," a YouTube user said.

Other internet users said the man is a hero and has their greatest respect.

However, some criticised other boat passengers who did nothing, who just sat on the vessel and watched events unfold.

One netizen warned people that swimming in a pool is not like swimming in a river. As could be seen in the video, the waves and current were strong and the man only just made it back to safety.

Netizens also commented on the rescued woman.

One of them posted, "Life is valuable and please don't destroy it (if the suicide rumour's true)." 

(Source: Bangkok Post, RESCUE, Dramatic Chao Phraya rescue (video), 10 Apr 2013, Online Reporters, link

Rescue Vocabulary

rescue - to save someone's life; to save someone from a dangerous situation ช่วยชีวิต
rescuer - a person who save's another person's life ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
save - Same as "rescue"
dramatic - surprising, exciting and impressive
alert - prepared to deal with something dangerous; see everything that is going on around and are able to act quickly if something happens ตื่นตัว ระวัง
passenger - a person who rides on a boat, bus or plane with other people ผู้โดยสาร
drowning  - การจมน้ำ, การจมน้ำตาย
turn - a change (now it is your "turn" to do something) การเปลี่ยน
in turn - and then .... (it is your "turn" for it to happen to you)
video clip - a short piece of video คลิปวีดีโอ
gone viral
- when many people on the internet see or read something after friends tell them about it การตลาดแบบบอกต่อ
record -
to keep information (writing, sound, video) some place for future use บันทึก
pier - a platform sticking out into water which people walk along or use when getting onto or off boats สะพานที่ยื่นออกไปในน้ำ
lifebuoy - a floating thing that you throw to people to save them when they have fallen into the water
lifebelt - a safety belt that people wear to prevent them from going under the water (sinking) and drowning
struggling - having serious difficulties มีความยุ่งยาก
current - a strong movement of water in one direction, in this case, meaning a very difficult or dangerous situation กระแส
lose out - to fail after trying to succeed ล้ม, ล้มเหลว
- when water rises up on the ocean คลื่น
cling - to try very hard to hold onto something or keep something ยึดไว้ั
speedboat - a very fast boat เรือยนต์ที่มีความเร็วสูง
witness –
a person who sees something happen or knows about something  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน
incident - 1. an unpleasant event, 2. an event; when something happens เหตุการณ์, สิ่งที่เกิดขึ้น
suicide -
killing yourself การฆ่าตัวตาย
commit suicide - do suicide (to yourself)
social media - websites like Facebook and Twitter where you can "socialize" and share things with friends
netizen - people who spend a lot of time doing things on the internet; people who live on the internet
– saying that you think a person or something they did is very good; approving and admiring it การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
heaped praise -
praised a lot
courageous - brave กล้า
engineer  -  วิศวกร, ช่างยนต์
admirable - praiseworthy, having things or qualities that people think are good, that they admire and respect น่าชมเชย, น่าชื่นชม, น่ายกย่อง
selfish – caring only about yourself rather than about other people  เห็นแก่ตัว
hero -
a person, especially a man, who is admired by many people for doing something brave or good วีรบุรุษ
respect - a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ
criticise - to say what you don't like about something or what you think is wrong with it  วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด
vessel - a boat or ship เรือ
events unfold - when things happen
warn – to tell people about something dangerous or a problem  เตือน
pool -a swimming pool สระว่ายน้ำ
valuable - 1. something that people have that is very important to them; 2. something that is worth a lot of money มีค่า
rumour - a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ

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