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A mother who lost three of her children in a drowning tragedy yesterday said she had had a dream about one drowning the night before.
The three children – Karn, 9, Beam, 7 and Praewa, 2 – all drowned while their mother Bunga, 34, was collecting lotus heads in a large pond between Phon Thong and Nong Bon sub-districts of Maha Sarakham in Thailand’s north east, reported Sanook.
The youngest of the two children were given CPR in vain after being seen floating in the pond by a neighbor while divers had to retrieve the eldest who was submerged in the water.
The mother said that she had taken three of her five children with her while she collected lotus to sell in the market. They were supposed to be playing on dry land but she said that they got distracted by a boy who was with them who said he had caught a large fish.
Bunga said that the previous night she had had a dream that her youngest Praewa was drowning but she had managed to save her. On the bank was a man who was laughing and mocking her. She asked who he was but he didn’t reply.
It was just a dream, he said, and she thought nothing of it when she set out on the regular outing to the pond the next morning.
At the Kosum Pisai hospital a large number of relatives and villagers had gathered on hearing the news. When the father of the children, Rewat, arrived he broke down and fainted and had to be treated by hospital staff.
Sanook reported that they was a shocking scene at the hospital as the parents grieved for their lost daughters shouting for them to please come home.
But it was too late.