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Two more survivors found in Koh Samui ferry sinking

MARINE Police found two more survivors of a ferry that sank in rough weather off Koh Samui at 9.50 p.m. last night but also found two dead bodies with the search continue for three more missing victims, INN News and Sanook.com reported this afternoon (August 2).

Nine other victims of this accident had been rescued soon after the garbage ferry, Racha 4, which had been leased to carry three 10-wheel trailer trucks and a pickup truck from Koh Samui to Donsak pier near Surat Thani town, suddenly sank near islands 4 and 5.

Marine police and advance and basic ambulance boats that had been alerted to go out and help the victims of this ferry accident by the Narenthorn Aowthai Ddispatch Centre had to call off their search at 10.50 p.m. last night because of level five heavy rain and strong winds and waves.

Search resumed at 8 a.m. this morning with the first survivor, Mr. Phachara Thipharat, being found on Koh Tao at 10.39 a.m. while Mr. Suwit Norasetworachai was found a little later at 11 a.m.

Marine police said at noon today one of the two dead victims is a woman,  who they think sold things on the ferry, with her body being found at Koh Tan while body of the second dead person, the ferry’s captain Mr Thewin, was found on Koh Mod Daeng. However their identities have still to be verified.


Rescuers searching for and helping the victims of this ferry sinking. Photos: INN News and Sanook.com


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