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Saschi, a German from Berlin living on Koh Tao, is treated by a nurse after being rescued off Chumphon province on Wednesday. He had spent nine hours in the water. (Photo by Amnart Thongdee)

Man falls off a boat and floats for 9 hours

Here is a good example of why you should learn to swim.

Early yesterday morning, about 1am, a German businessman named Saschi was on a ferry boat going to Koh Tao in Surat Thani from Chumphon.

He was sitting on the deck smoking a cigarette when the boat suddenly rocked, causing him to lose his balance and fall into the water.

It was dark and no one one saw him fall.

Saschi was a very good swimmer, so he didn't panic. He relaxed and floated in the water all night, letting the waves carry him.

Morning came, but he saw no one who could help him. Finally, about 10am he saw a fishing boat. He waved his shirt until the fishing boat captain saw him.

Altogther, Saschi was in the water for nine hours. He was exhausted, but he stayed alive because he knew how to swim.

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alive: living; not dead - มีชีวิตอยู่

altogether: counting everthing, giving a total number or amount - ทั้งหมด

deck: the top outside floor of a ship, boat or building - ดาดฟ้าเรือ

exhausted: extremely tired - เหน็ดเหนื่อย

ferry: a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือข้ามฟาก

float: to cause to move slowly in the air or on water - ลอย

lose balance: overbalance, to become unsteady begin to fall - ถลำ, เสียหลัก

nurse: someone who is trained to look after ill or injured people, usually in a hospital - พยาบาล

panic: to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ตื่นตกใจ

relax: to become calm and not anxious - ผ่อนคลาย

rescue: to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ช่วยชีวิต

rock: to shake or to make something shake violently - สั่นสะเทือน, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน

suddenly: quickly and unexpectedly - อย่างกะทันหัน

treat: to provide medical care - รักษา

wave: a raised line of water that moves across the surface of the sea, ocean, etc - คลื่น

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