In a quiet corner of Hat Yai, Songkhla province, an event unfolded that set the hearts of bystanders fluttering with anxiety. On an ordinary morning, a convenience store on Niphat Uthit Rd found itself at the epicenter of a unique emergency. A wandering eye might have caught the scene — a mother, her face white with distress punctuated by the pervasive sear of the midday sun, standing helplessly next to a seemingly innocuous minivan parked behind the esteemed Florida Hotel.
Within the confining interior of this car, a two-year-old girl was unintentionally trapped. The crisis triggered when the unsuspecting toddler fidgeted with the car controls during her mother’s brief departure for shopping, accidently hitting the lock button. Throughout this ordeal, the car hummed gently, the air conditioning running in an attempt to cool the anxious toddler trapped within.
The mother upon her return was met with an unanticipated predicament – despite her best attempts, the resolutely locked doors held her at bay. As minutes turned to hours, the developing situation attracted the concerned attention of the convenience store’s employees. They hastily reported this alarming incident to the local emergency rescue unit, the reputed Mit Samakee Foundation (Tung Sia Siang Tueng) located in Hat Yai.
Sirens screamed through the quiet streets as the capable rescue team from Tung Sia Siang Tueng swung into action. With precision and speed, they successfully unlocked the stubborn car door. The unlocking mechanism was outmaneuvered by a metal rod, cleverly navigated through the narrow gap of the driver’s side window, a feat achieved in under five minutes. The young girl, inconsolable yet unharmed, broke into relieved tears as her mother enveloped her in an embrace filled with remorse and relief.
Later, the repentant mother narrated how this instance served as a grim reminder of the unpredictable consequences of leaving her child unattended in the car — a practice she often turned to when running quick errands. Despite always leaving the air conditioning running, she realized that a benign activity had the potential to turn into an alarming situation. The peculiar incident drew parallels to an event from 2019, where well-intentioned locals were wrongfully blamed for scratching and damaging an SUV while attempting to rescue a one-year-old baby trapped within at Hat Yai, Songkhla.
Such incidents serve as reminders of the ill-judged actions that could escalate into disastrous situations. Follow us on our newly launched Facebook page for more updates and intriguing stories from The Thaiger’s expansive repertoire.