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Foreign divers searching for Koh Samui ferry disaster victims

FOREIGN DIVING instructors based on Koh Tao are today (August 5) helping search for three missing persons in the sinking of a ferry off Koh Samui last Saturday night, Amarin TV reported.

Racha 4 garbage ferry, which had been leased to carry three 10-wheel trucks and a pickup truck, was crossing over from the island to Donsak pier on the mainland when it sank near islands four and five in rough weather. Eleven persons have been rescued and two dead bodies found but search for the remaining three victims has been futile so far.

Deputy Surat Thani Governor Mr. Suthipong Khlaiudom had accompanied the team of 14 foreign diving instructors on HTMS Rawi to the area where the ferry sank.

One of the 14 diving experts had been among those who in July 2018 had rescued 12 members of a youth football team and their coach from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province where they had been trapped for 17 days

Aside from searching for the bodies of the three victims the experienced divers will also be checking the state of the wreck on the seabed to ascertain whether both the ferry and the trailer trucks and the pickup truck could be salvage.


The team of foreign diving instructors on their way to the spot where the ferry sank on HTMS Rawi. Photos: Amarin TV

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