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Life jackets keep missing Phuket fishermen alive until Navy rescue

Life jackets keep missing Phuket fishermen alive until Navy rescue

PHUKET: Life jackets kept four fishermen alive and well in the sea until they were found by a Royal Thai Navy search team just before midday today (June 12).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 12 June 2020, 07:04PM

The fishermen, all in the one longtail boat, were thrown into the sea by a storm some 1.5 miles southwest of Koh Maithon at about 3am.

The four – Abi Wareesri, Preechaprakon Hapsup, Witoon Mahawannasri and Nikorn Faipet – were fishing alongside two other men in another longtail boat after setting out on a fishing trip, departing from Ao Makham, yesterday.

The other two men – Suthep Hapsup and Arthit Banpoom – were both rescued by Navy patrol boat Tor 229 this morning.

The four rescued later in the day were found at about 11:20am, and brought ashore at about 12:30pm, explained Vice Admiral Cherngchai Chomcherngpat,  Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command based in Phuket.

V/Adm Cherngchai was on scene to oversee the search and rescue operations during the day.

“Luckily, all people survived this incident because they were wearing life jackets,” V/Adm Cherngchai said.

“A Navy helicopter found the four men at 11:20am, and a boat safely recovered them and brought them back to the shore at 12:30pm.

All six were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for medical treatment, he added.

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Kurt | 13 June 2020 - 09:38:18

Not the life jackets only, also the high sea water temp did delay the process of hypothermia of which people die. Lucky fishermen. Have learned the lesson not to go in the middle of the night out in a longtail boat during west monsoon season while warnings are given to stay ashore with small boats.

BigA | 13 June 2020 - 07:32:38

Good news,they did  wear lifejackets ! I wish all on the motorbikes would wear helmets again! Facemask don't help!Perhaps some one should tell them! Police ? but they knew there is no money been made!!


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