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Boy saved from drowning in Phuket lagoon, another missing

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A Burmese boy has been rescued after nearly drowning in a Phuket lagoon, while a Thai boy is still missing. The Phuket Express reports that local residents managed to pull one child from the lagoon, which is in the northern sub-district of Srisoontorn.

Phuket has hundreds of old tin mines which have since filled up with water, littering the province with man-made lakes with little deterrent for swimmers.

The authorities were notified after midday yesterday, December 5, and rescue workers arrived at the lagoon in the village of Bang Maruan. There they found the Burmese boy who had been pulled from the water. He was rushed to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

But rescue divers are continuing to search the lagoon for a missing Thai boy. The names of the boys have not been released due to their young age. They are believed to be between 10 and 12 years old.

The authorities have not confirmed what the boys were doing in the lagoon, but according to some Thai media reports, they may have fallen in the water while fishing.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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