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Search for missing kayak couple broadens

Search for missing kayak couple broadens

PHUKET: A further team was dispatched earlier today (Dec 19) as the search for the missing couple last seen kayaking on Dec 7 off Yanui beach continues and broadens into new areas.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 19 December 2019, 06:12PM


The search for the missing couple last seen kayaking off Yanui beach continues into new areas. Photo: Supplied

The search for the missing couple last seen kayaking off Yanui beach continues into new areas. Photo: Supplied

Polish tourist Mateusz Juszkiewicz, 26, and Thai national Werakan Siriprakon, 23, from Nakhon Sawan disappeared on Dec 7 when kayaking with friends.

A comprehensive search has been ongoing ever since but to no avail thus far.

“We are still hopeful of finding them now we are exploring different areas,” a friend of Ms. Werakan’s family, Ms Anongkan Srisupat, said.

“Yesterday (Dec 18) we searched around Koh Dok Mai, Koh Racha, Koh Bon, Koh Kaew Noi and Kho Kaew Yai. Then we went to Koh Kaew Noi and Koh Kaew Yai. We walked along beach and called out in the hope we receive some response but, unfortunately, we heard nothing.”

Asked whether any underwater divers were employed as part of yesterday’s search Ms Anongkan responded “No as there were concerns regarding the undertow which made conditions challenging.

“But today the team of divers is checking the undertow again in the hope they can proceed. Then they will check out Krathing cape and Koh Kaew Noi with additional private volunteers.

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Consular Section Chief of the Polish Embassy in Thailand, Jakub Budohoski, travelled to Phuket and held a meeting on Dec 17 at the search centre at Yanui beach.

Mr Budohoski stated that, on behalf of the Consulate and Embassy, he was extremely grateful for all the efforts so far. He requested the search be maintained until the couple are found and that new areas are continually explored.

Present at the meeting were Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai, Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command Rear Admiral Cherngchaiyot Atsuwee, Tourist Police Region 3 Commander Maj Gen Krissak Songmoonnak, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos and relatives of the missing couple.

Both of Mr Juszkiewicz’s sisters took the opportunity during the meeting to thank the Thai authorities and volunteers for their help in the search so far.

One of the sisters, Monika Tyszkiewicz, also confirmed they have set up a donation campaign via Polish social media to help fund efforts to find their brother.

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Jor12 | 22 January 2020 - 18:51:30

kurt...they're fish food. 

Kurt | 21 January 2020 - 17:17:18

We not hear anymore about that Phuket kayak foreign tourists anymore. What about them?

Wiesel | 22 December 2019 - 13:46:22

wind easy can push objects against current!! Divers drift in water with maybe 5 m visibility makes definitiv no sense. And K. please think again about "not knowing what they talk about. Always that talking without thinking of knowledge". 

Kurt | 21 December 2019 - 12:30:07

Another nonsense 'explanation' of thai Officials with their funny undertow talk. Really not knowing what they talk about. Always that talking without thinking of knowledge. 

GregoryJCS | 20 December 2019 - 09:00:40

No dives were used because of concerns about undertow? Divers are already under water and there is no such thing as an undertow, currents tow you along not down. Currents mean drift diving which makes it easier to cover much more territory in any search and also they will be moving the same direction as the lost kayakers. Get someone in charge of the  search who knows what they are doing.

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