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Fifth crew member of sunken fishing boat rescued off Phuket

Fifth crew member of sunken fishing boat rescued off Phuket

PHUKET: Officials from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command have confirmed that the fifth crew member of the Bumrungthainawa 1 fishing boat was rescued from the water south of Koh Maithon by another fishing boat, Sor Samuth, at 11:55am today and that Navy boats and a helicopter are still searching for the missing four men crew members.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 05:55PM


Rescue workers assist the rescued crew member as he is brought back to shore. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Rescue workers assist the rescued crew member as he is brought back to shore. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Royal Thai Navy Lt Worawit Nopakao was has been out searching on the Tor 933 Navy boat said, “This morning we transported three crew members, Aomachu, 26; Jamayu, 30; Mackha, 34, and the body of the boat’s captain, 58-year-old Prayad Klaewglaharn, to Vachira Hospital. This was done as the search continued for the rest of the missing crew.

“Later this morning a fishing boat called in after seeing a man in the water,” he said.

The Bumrungthainawa 1 was also spotted by the same fishing boat south of Phuket this morning. We initially thought we would be able to recover the boat, however, we were unable to do so because it was already sinking when we arrived in the area,” he added.

The Bumrungthainawa 1 disappeared in rough weather about two nautical miles southwest of Phromthep Cape, Phuket’s southernmost point, at about 8pm with nine people,one Thai and eight Myanmar migrant workers, on board. (See story here.)

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bigasail33 | 17 August 2016 - 09:00:34

This is a very very sad thing when you are sinking but past experienc show's,stay with the vessel as long as it is still afloat.Keep pumping,bailing and you may surviv.Horst

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