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Scores of Thai officials, residents rally to salvage Russian ‘Adventure’

Scores of Thai officials, residents rally to salvage Russian ‘Adventure’

PHUKET: More than 50 officials and local residents came together last Saturday (July 23) to successfully salvage a Russian and Ukrainian couple’s yacht sunk by storms off Ao Nang, Krabi, two weeks ago.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 08:38AM

Russian national Alexander Travkin, 31, and his Ukrainian partner Julia Mironova, 29, on July 7 reported to the Krabi Marine Police that their 12-metre yacht Adventure had sunk in storm conditions the night before while moored at Ao Nang. (See story here.)

However, all attempts to salvage the yacht up to last Thursday (July 21) had been unsuccessful. (See story here.)

The ongoing efforts to recover the yacht inspired more than 50 officials and local residents to co-ordinate their efforts last Saturday, resulting in success in refloating the yacht and moving it to a nearby safe haven.

“This time more than 50 of us got together,” Krabi Marine Chief Boonchaw Tangsiripaisan told The Phuket News.

“We used our (Krabi Marine Office) speedboat and a boat provided by Krabi City Municipality, and we had the help other many other government offices that provided equipment to help recover the yacht.

“We also had the tug boat from Jiawanich Pier, while Chokphana Pier provided two small tug boats as support,” he said.

“The yacht was towed to Klong Muang. It will undergo repairs there,” Mr Boonchaw added.

“Finally, we finished our job, and that was really good cooperation,” he concluded proudly.

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