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Sunken warship’s life jacket found near Koh Tao


A LIFE JACKET from HTMS 442 Sukhothai that sank off Prachuab Khiri Khan on Sunday night (Dec. 18) was found floating near Koh Tao, almost a hundred nautical miles away, but no sailor seen nearby, Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (Dec. 23).

At 10.15 a.m. Surat Thani’s Governor Mr. Wichawut Jinto was alerted about a life jacket not worn by a sailor being seen floating in the sea about 25 nautical miles from Koh Tao island.

Wichawut then instructed the officials to alert the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre in Chumphon to instruct their officers based on this island to bring the item ashore and inspect it.

Once done it was confirmed that this life jacket was from the capsized navy corvette but no crewmember was found in the area.

The recovery of this life jacket was recorded at Koh Tao police station and it was sent back to the navy.

Wichawut urged fishermen to watch out for what is floating in the sea as it could be a sailor from the sunken warship.


The life jacket recovered from the sea off Koh Tao today, Dec. 23, 2023. Photos: Matichon

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