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Navy continues helicopter search off Phuket for drowned Chinese tourist

PHUKET: Officers of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command are still searching daily for the body of a drowned Chinese tourist who went missing after swimming in choppy waters two weeks ago, confirmed head of Phang Nga Provincial Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Sayan Kitmano this morning (Mar 7).

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By Shela Riva

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 11:41AM


The Royal Thai Navy is continuing its air-sea search for missing 27-year-old Chinese tourist Yang Juan by helicopter. Photo: The Phuket News / file

The Royal Thai Navy is continuing its air-sea search for missing 27-year-old Chinese tourist Yang Juan by helicopter. Photo: The Phuket News / file

“Navy officers are still searching every day. They start in the morning from about 8am for two to three hours, then again in the afternoon for a few hours,” said Mr Sayan.

“They are conducting the search using a helicopter,” he added.

“The search is around the coast of Phang Nga and Phuket, I can’t say exactly how far out but about 10 nautical miles,” he said.

“I cannot say when the search will end,” he added.

A B100,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the recovery of missing 27-year-old Yang Juan, who disappeared while swimming with friends in dangerous surf at Na Toei Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga, on Feb 24. (See story here.)

Phang Nga Governor Sitthichai Sakda announced the reward at Phang Nga Provincial Hall on Monday (Mar 5). (See story here.)

“The private sector of Phang Nga has gathered B100,000 to reward anyone who gives a clue that leads to the return of the body of the Chinese tourist back to her relatives,” Gov Sittichai said.

 

 

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