Divers from a Seal unit of the 2nd Naval Area Command, rescue foundation staff and foreign diving instructors have all been involved in the search for those missing. Yesterday (Aug 7) a diving team cut open the steel gate of a washroom on the ferry and found the body of Naparada Chanhan, 42. A ferry staff member who sold goods onboard, she had been trapped inside when the ship began to sink.
The body was loaded onto a jet ski and taken to the Royal Thai Navy ship Tor 237, where her waiting husband, Panya Sukchanasongkram, 43, burst into tears. The body was later taken to Koh Samui Hospital for an autopsy.
Mr Panya said he would take his wife’s body to Wat Bang Nam Jued in Don Sak district of this southern province for funeral rites.
While he thanked the Surat Thani governor, Samui district chief, soldiers, marine police and divers for their help, he said he wanted the ferry owner to take responsibility for the incident.
The Raja 4 ferry with 16 people on board, including drivers of three lorries loaded with garbage and one pickup truck, sank during a storm on the night of Aug 1.
Eleven people were saved, three have been confirmed dead and two are still missing: crewman Tiwakorn Vachararit and lorry driver Chaichan Laosap.
Surat Thani governor Witchawut Jinto said a check with social security records showed that Naparada’s family would receive B40,000 for funeral costs, B819,000 in compensation for her death and a B40,811 pension for the elderly, or B899,811 in total.
The family of skipper Tewin Surat will receive B1.88 million from the provincial social security office, and relatives of crewman Siravut Thongboonyang B1.07 million, said the governor.