A BIG search for the body of an Iranian tourist who drowned while white water rafting on Song Preak River in Phang Nga province at around 3 p.m. yesterday (Mar. 29) was finally found today, Amarin TV said.
Mr. Javad Behzadifar, 42, drowned and disappeared after his rubber dinghy sank at a concrete bridge with tour operators and villagers immediately searching for him.
Divers from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department then joined in the search, going into the deep river amid strong currents, but gave up after an hour and the search was called off at 8 p.m.
This morning Mr. Sangob Sathorn, head of this department’s office in Phang Nga, led a hundred-strong team of officials, Song Praek Waterfall Wildlife Sanctuary staff, policemen and tour operators in continuing to hunt for his body. They were divided into six groups with one being a team of divers, another rafting along the river with the rest walking along the two banks.
They finally found his body stuck against a tree by the river bank around two kilometres from where the dinghy sank.
The tourist’s wife, who did not join the rafting trip, was desolate as were his friends.
The big hunt for the body of the Iranian tourist today. Photos: Amarin TV
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