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University defends student was not forced to dip into waste water treatment pond

A university freshman who was earlier reported to be in coma from lung infection after being forced to swim in waste water treatment pond has regained consciousness and is free from infection.

Meanwhile, dean of the International Commercial Maritime Faculty of Kasetsart University's Si Racha campus, in Chon Buri, Professor Nirut Hongprasit told the media on Monday that the victim, Chokechai Thongnuakhao or Boss, was not forced to swim in the pond and the water in the pond is not waste water as mistakenly reported in the social and mainstream media, but a pond that is used to contain rain water.

He denied that there was a hazing activity, but the victim together with his classmates were taken to the pond to wash themselves after having finished a group's activity at a soft ball field.

He, however, assured that the university would take full responsibility of the incident and would take care of all the medical expenses incurred in the treatment of the victim.

Meanwhile, Mr Worapat Soodma, a third-year student, who was at the scene of the incident on Friday admitted, however, that they tricked Boss to swim from one side of the pond to the other but when they saw him about to drown, they jumped into the water to rescue. He was then immediately rushed to Si Racha hospital, he added.

Another third-year student, Mr Surachet Promthong, complained that the media did not check with the students or the university administration when they lifted the report of the incident from the Facebook page.

Chon Buri hospital director Dr Chutidet Tab-ongkharak said that the victim has regained consciously, free from lung and brain infection and can now move his hands although he still needs respirator and sleeping pills and anti-biotics medication.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)