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original source @ the telegraph

 

The 14-year-old was found dead inside the pump room of the outdoor whirlpool at the Pattaya Water Park.

Witnesses said he could be seen lifting a 4ft square grille at the bottom of the pool before disappearing into the powerful pumping system below.

 

The distraught family of the teenager claimed it was 30 minutes before the pump room was checked at the resort, which is 85 miles east of Bangkok.

Mr Clark, a tunnel engineer, is reported to have said: “The guards did nothing, not for 30 minutes."

He said they would not believe what happened. "They opened a hatch and my son's body came out,” he said.

It was also reported that Thai cameramen who had gathered at the scene tried to film the teenager’s body on the floor of the pump room.

Mr Clark, who works for international tunnel construction firm Robbins, said: “'I was distraught with what had happened. When I saw the intrusive cameramen I lashed out.”

 

Nathan’s 15-year-old brother, Rhys, described the events on a blog.

He wrote: “The lifeguard said we shouldn't play jokes like this and dismissed us. My stepmum was begging them to check the pipes.

“They argued back saying it's impossible as the grille was locked. After a full 30 minutes they agreed to check the pipes.

“While they were checking, I went to the ticket booth to make an announcement as to whether anyone had seen him.

“I was coming down the stairs to the main pool when I heard my father shout 'No!' very loudly then my stepmother screaming. If anyone is to blame it should be me. I should have stopped my younger brother.”

 

Mr Clarke, his two sons and his Thai wife were visiting the water park before they relocated to New Delhi in India, where Mr Clark had been posted. The boys are thought to go to school on the Isle of Man.

Thai police conducted a reconstruction of the accident at the weekend to discover how Nathan was able to open the grille.

Park manager Khun Surapon said the family had been offered compensation but there were "unanswered questions".

 

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Our consular people in Thailand are giving assistance at this tragic time for the family."

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A dutch news paper also reports the father losing his selfcontrol when seeing the news crews trying to film the boys dead body. and was fined 250euro for damages done to their equipement.

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original source @ the telegraph

 

The 14-year-old was found dead inside the pump room of the outdoor whirlpool at the Pattaya Water Park.

Witnesses said he could be seen lifting a 4ft square grille at the bottom of the pool before disappearing into the powerful pumping system below.

 

The distraught family of the teenager claimed it was 30 minutes before the pump room was checked at the resort, which is 85 miles east of Bangkok.

Mr Clark, a tunnel engineer, is reported to have said: “The guards did nothing, not for 30 minutes."

He said they would not believe what happened. "They opened a hatch and my son's body came out,” he said.

It was also reported that Thai cameramen who had gathered at the scene tried to film the teenager’s body on the floor of the pump room.

Mr Clark, who works for international tunnel construction firm Robbins, said: “'I was distraught with what had happened. When I saw the intrusive cameramen I lashed out.”

 

Nathan’s 15-year-old brother, Rhys, described the events on a blog.

He wrote: “The lifeguard said we shouldn't play jokes like this and dismissed us. My stepmum was begging them to check the pipes.

“They argued back saying it's impossible as the grille was locked. After a full 30 minutes they agreed to check the pipes.

“While they were checking, I went to the ticket booth to make an announcement as to whether anyone had seen him.

“I was coming down the stairs to the main pool when I heard my father shout 'No!' very loudly then my stepmother screaming. If anyone is to blame it should be me. I should have stopped my younger brother.”

 

Mr Clarke, his two sons and his Thai wife were visiting the water park before they relocated to New Delhi in India, where Mr Clark had been posted. The boys are thought to go to school on the Isle of Man.

Thai police conducted a reconstruction of the accident at the weekend to discover how Nathan was able to open the grille.

Park manager Khun Surapon said the family had been offered compensation but there were "unanswered questions".

 

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Our consular people in Thailand are giving assistance at this tragic time for the family."

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A dutch news paper also reports the father losing his selfcontrol when seeing the news crews trying to film the boys dead body. and was fined 250euro for damages done to their equipement.

 

 

This has been reported on todays news hear in the UK

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terrible tragedy. I was just going to make this thread after reading it on BBC. I can't understand the Thai people sometimes.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8147032.stm

Eat. Down. South.

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original source @ the telegraph

 

The 14-year-old was found dead inside the pump room of the outdoor whirlpool at the Pattaya Water Park.

Witnesses said he could be seen lifting a 4ft square grille at the bottom of the pool before disappearing into the powerful pumping system below.

 

The distraught family of the teenager claimed it was 30 minutes before the pump room was checked at the resort, which is 85 miles east of Bangkok.

Mr Clark, a tunnel engineer, is reported to have said: “The guards did nothing, not for 30 minutes."

He said they would not believe what happened. "They opened a hatch and my son's body came out,” he said.

It was also reported that Thai cameramen who had gathered at the scene tried to film the teenager’s body on the floor of the pump room.

Mr Clark, who works for international tunnel construction firm Robbins, said: “'I was distraught with what had happened. When I saw the intrusive cameramen I lashed out.”

 

Nathan’s 15-year-old brother, Rhys, described the events on a blog.

He wrote: “The lifeguard said we shouldn't play jokes like this and dismissed us. My stepmum was begging them to check the pipes.

“They argued back saying it's impossible as the grille was locked. After a full 30 minutes they agreed to check the pipes.

“While they were checking, I went to the ticket booth to make an announcement as to whether anyone had seen him.

“I was coming down the stairs to the main pool when I heard my father shout 'No!' very loudly then my stepmother screaming. If anyone is to blame it should be me. I should have stopped my younger brother.”

 

Mr Clarke, his two sons and his Thai wife were visiting the water park before they relocated to New Delhi in India, where Mr Clark had been posted. The boys are thought to go to school on the Isle of Man.

Thai police conducted a reconstruction of the accident at the weekend to discover how Nathan was able to open the grille.

Park manager Khun Surapon said the family had been offered compensation but there were "unanswered questions".

 

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Our consular people in Thailand are giving assistance at this tragic time for the family."

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A dutch news paper also reports the father losing his selfcontrol when seeing the news crews trying to film the boys dead body. and was fined 250euro for damages done to their equipement.

Its terrible when you hear about awful news like this as it was on the papers here too. Poor child and my heart goes out to his parents too.
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