Nurahasera Uma, 3, and her one-year and nine-month brother Abdulbasi were "blue and lifeless" when their parents and bystanders rescued them from the sea off Narathat Beach in Muang district on Thursday afternoon.
Pol Sen Sgt Maj Somchai Saiwadej, of Muang Narathiwat Police Station, and Pol Sgt Maj Thammajak Faingern were patrolling near the area on motorcycle when they were alerted to the incident.
The officers rushed to the scene and each gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR to the toddlers who had been unresponsive and had stopped breathing.
The witnesses said the young children finally spat out water, vomited and opened their eyes shortly after they were resuscitated. Their recovery made the parents and the crowd cheer loudly.
The two were taken to Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Hospital. Nurahasera is now in a safe condition while her brother is being treated under close observation in the intensive care unit.
A doctor at the hospital said Abdulbasi still had sea water in his body and his brain was partially infected. The doctor said the two children had received proper first aid which subsequently enabled effective treatment from the medical team when they arrived at the hospital.
Niboh, 36, the father of the children, said he and his wife Sareeha, 29, regularly took their children to the beach to swim and have a meal. He said he and Sareeha failed to notice when their children got close to the sea and only saw them when they were drowning.
Sareeha said she thanked Pol Sen Sgt Maj Somchai and Pol Sgt Maj Thammajak for doing a great job and saving her children’s lives. “I want to sincerely thank them, from the people to the police,” the mother added.