Mohammad Rashedul Basher
To surprise his soon visiting wife, a student from Bangladesh studying at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathum Thani tried to improve his swimming skills. On Tuesday afternoon, he drowned in the swimming pool of the university, police reported.
Local police were informed of the swimming accident at 17:30, Pol Maj Bunsing Sutti of Khlong Luang Provincial Police Station said according to several Thai media reports. Police, a medical examiner from Thammasat University Hospital and volunteers of the Poh Teck Tung Foundation were dispatched to the scene.
When police arrived at the swimming pool on the east side of the university compound, they found the body of a middle-aged male of South-Asian descent lying with his face up next to the pool. “He was already dead when we arrived,” Pol Maj Bunsing stated. “His face was white, and his lips had already turned blue.”
It did not take long for police to identify the man. “His name was Mohammad Rashedul Basher>. He was 32 years old and a student at the Asian Institute of Technology.” He studied Finance and Banking, police said.
Shihab Islam Tanim, a close friend of Mr Basher’s and best chess mate back in their home city of Dhaka, confirmed this during a chat with Farang Deaths. “He was sent by his employer, the Central Bank of Bangladesh, for a one-year course. He had just left in June.”
According to his university friends, Mr Basher was a regular visitor at the swimming pool – and not only to stay fit: “Rashed was not the best swimmer. He wanted to learn it to surprise his wife who had planned to visit him in August,” Mr Tanim told Farang Deaths. “That’s why he was desperately trying to improve his swimming skills.”
Investigator Pol Maj Bunsing talked to students who were nearby during the incident but failed to find someone who witnessed the whole scene. “When people eventually became aware of his situation, he was already unconscious,” Pol Maj Bunsing said. “A student pulled him out of the water and administered CPR in an attempt to save his life, but to no avail.”
Police believe a cramp in one of his legs could be the reason for Mr Basher’s drowning. However, Pol Maj Bunsing stressed that they still have to wait for the autopsy results to be able to draw an accurate conclusion.
Mr Basher leaves behind his wife of three years.
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