BANGKOK - A probe into the drowning of four Bangkok women at a waterfall in Kanchanaburi's Si Sawat district on Sunday has revealed they were taking photos when they slipped into the water, losing their life vests in strong currents before being pulled into an underwater cave.
Nathamon Lekbumrung, 39, Nareumon Kamonpattana, 33, Yuwadee Khongpichiensri, 29, and Papassorn Lohananthachai, 37, had travelled to the waterfall on Huai Lam Khlong Ngu in tambon Na Suan with dozens of friends, deputy provincial police chief Colonel Manit Chamlongrak.
The victims' bodies were sent to the Institute Of Forensic Medicine yesterday for autopsies.
Manit urged tourists to be careful and strictly follow their tour guide's instructions.
He said the four women left their group as it prepared to leave because they wanted to take more photos from a high angle but slipped and fell in the water.
Water Rescue Club Region 7 president Chalermpol Hongyont said retrieving the bodies was difficult because of strong currents and the rescue mission took about two hours, with the bodies retrieved at about 6pm on Sunday. Rescuers spotted three life vests floating and found the bodies in the cave in about five metres of water. Chalermpol said the women were still holding hands.