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Search continues for missing boat crew off Phuket

Search continues for missing boat crew off Phuket

PHUKET: Officials from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command have confirmed that the search is continuing for four crew members of the Bumrungthainawa 1 fishing boat that sunk off Phuket yesterday morning (Aug 16).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 17 August 2016, 03:08PM


A map shows the Navy's search area. Photo: Royal Thai Navy

A map shows the Navy's search area. Photo: Royal Thai Navy

The Bumrungthainawa 1 disappeared in rough weather about two nautical miles southwest of Phromthep Cape, Phuket’s southernmost point, at about 8pm on Monday (Aug 15) with nine people, one Thai and eight Myanmar migrant workers, on board.

Three crewman were rescued yesterday morning but one crewman died after being plucked from rough seas off Phuket following the Bumrungthainawa 1 being caught by storm conditions overnight. (See story here.)

A fifth crew member was rescued from the water south of Koh Maithon by another fishing boat, Sor Samuth, at 11:55am yesterday. (See story here.)

Capt Pongjak Uraiman, Commanding officer of Naval Air Squadron Third Fleet Area Command, confirmed to The Phuket News today (Aug 17) that he and his team have been out Royal Thai Navy S-76B this morning.

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“We are looking for another four crew members in the area near where the boat went down. So far we have not found anybody.

“We had to return to base for fuel, so we have informed the Navy vessel Tor 993 to continue the search and will await a report from the crew on board,” Capt Pongjak said.

“If we do not find them today we will go to look for them at the small island located in the area tomorrow,” he added.

 

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