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Search resumes for missing people from sunken ferry

Search resumes for missing people from sunken ferry

SURAT THANI: The search resumed on Wednesday (Aug 5) for three people still missing after a vehicle ferry operated by Raja Ferry Plc capsized in stormy seas off Koh Samui on Saturday night.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 5 August 2020, 02:52PM


A team of divers leave on a rubber boat to resume the search on Wednesday for three people from the  Raja 4 ferry who were still missing. The ferry capsized in a storm off Koh Samui on Saturday night. Photo: Supapong Chaolan / Bangkok Post

A team of divers leave on a rubber boat to resume the search on Wednesday for three people from the  Raja 4 ferry who were still missing. The ferry capsized in a storm off Koh Samui on Saturday night. Photo: Supapong Chaolan / Bangkok Post

On board Raja 4 when it departed from Koh Samui were three 10-wheel lorries loaded with compressed garbage and a pickup, and 16 people – 12 Raja Ferry employees and the drivers of the four vehicles, reports the Bangkok Post.

In the initial search, 11 of people were safely rescued, and two were found dead. Three were still missing.

On Wednesday morning, VAdm Samroeng Chanso, commander of the 2nd Naval Area, and Surat Thani Vice Governor Suthipong Klai-udom went on board a navy vessel being used as a command centre and met with three teams of divers taking part in the search.

One team comprises 10 divers from the Seal unit of the 2nd Naval Area, another 14 foreign diving instructors from Koh Tao, and the third 10 divers from Surat Thani.

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Of the foreigners from Koh Tao, one is a Dane, Ivan Karadzic, who took part in the rescue of the 13 members of a junior football team and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, in 2018.

The search resumed at 7am on Wednesday, with divers spreading out from the command vessel in rubber boats to the spot where Raja 4 sank.

The sunken ferry was earlier found by divers in 20 metres of water not far from where it capsized. Two of the lorries, with about 90 tonnes of garbage compressed in blocks, were found near the ferry.

 

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Kurt | 06 August 2020 - 08:58:32

Where is the 3rd lorry, with another 45 tons of garbage blocks ?  Were the lorries not secured to the deck with chains? A normal practice. Bit by bit we get the picture why this ships disaster happened.

 

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