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Search for missing Phuket jet-ski rider enters Day 4

PHUKET: The search for 25-year-old Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukdam, who disappeared while riding a jet-ski off Naka Yai Island, off Phuket’s east coast, after he was caught in the storm that hit Phuket late Tuesday afternoon continued today (July 20).

Friday 20 July 2018, 02:47PM


The search for 25-year-old jet-ski rider Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukdam, missing near the Naka Islands off Phuket’s east coast, continued today. Photo: Thalang District Chief Adul Chuthong

The search for 25-year-old jet-ski rider Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukdam, missing near the Naka Islands off Phuket’s east coast, continued today. Photo: Thalang District Chief Adul Chuthong

“We are still searching by Marine Police, Pa Khlok Municipality rescue workers and local people,” Kittipong Sengsut of the Phuket Marine Police told The Phuket News today.

“We will continue searching until we find his body,” he added.

“Today we are still searching but the weather has made it difficult and depending on how dangerous it is at times we have had to halt the search for safety reasons,” Mr Kittipong explained.

The search teams have split into two groups to cover the area more effectively, he said.

One group comprising mostly locals is focussed on searching around Naka Yai Island, while the Marine Police boat is searching the area around Naka Noi Island.

New Paths Retreat

“We did this as the Marine Police boat is to large to access some areas closer to shore near Naka Yai Island, so the locals and their longtail boats are better equipped to search there,” Mr Kittipong said.

“Also, We are keeping in mind that at this time of year the current through this passage is very strong, and so the Marine Police boat is also searching other areas where the passage opens onto Phang Nga Bay,” he added.

Mr Koset was last seen at about 3:30pm on Tuesday between Naka Yai Island and Naka Noi Island. A team of about 10 to 15 jet-skis were sent out to find him, but with no success.

Mr Koset was not wearing a life jacket and cannot swim, police noted. (See story here.)

The search resumed on Wednesday and Thursday, again without success. (See story here.)

 

 

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