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Foreign diver missing off Phuket

PHUKET: Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officers from Rawai Municipality (DDPM-Rawai) are leading a search for a missing foreign diver in the waters near Kaew Noi Island, south of Rawai, this afternoon after the diver failed to rendezvous with a fellow diver earlier today (Jan 8).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 8 January 2023, 05:05PM

UPDATE: Officials have confirmed that the missing foreign diver is a 46-year-old Romanian citizen.

Rawai Municipality reported its officers were informed of the missing diver earlier today by his diving companion.

The pair were diving off Koh Kaew Noi, a small island covered by protected national forest located just over two kilometres almost direclyt south of Promthep Cape, officers reported.

The pair were to rendezvous after their dives, but the missing diver failed to arrive at the arranged meeting point. The missing diver’s name was not reported.

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A search for the missing foreign diver is underway. 

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has ordered the lifeguards and defence volunteers to assist the search with jet-skis and a dinghy.

The Marine Police and personnel from the Royal Thai Navy third Area Command have joined the search operation, officials confirmed.

Mayor Aroon noted that Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has been notified of the incident.

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maverick | 09 January 2023 - 10:46:13

Story is incorrect according to another media outlet there were three of them in a boat that tried to anchor and had a problem presumably it got snagged the boat owner went down to fix - unclear whether he was free diving or with scuba gear - currents out there are hectic at the moment due to full moon - so could easily have been swept away if he lost grip on the anchor line - very tragic 

JohnC | 09 January 2023 - 09:00:16

Standard practice during scuba dives is the buddy system. Solo diving is asking for trouble. Any diveboat I have ever joined the dive master will always buddy up the divers with others If there is an odd number usually the dive master will buddy with the single. Which diving compnay allowed these passengers to ignore safety rules?

maverick | 08 January 2023 - 21:57:32

Rendevous? The whole ethos of diving is buddying up so they can help each other - this report suggests they wandered off in different directions - unless properly trained with contingency for all equipment diving solo is a big no - let’s hope he is found soon on the island 


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