Search continues in sunken ferry for three missing people from Koh Samui ferry capsizing, foreign divers lead the way

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A search for three missing people from a capsized ferry in Surat Thani continues as its exact location has recently been discovered.

A team of fourteen divers from a Thai Navy SEAL unit and foreign diving instructors along with Surat Thani officers departed this morning for the search for three missing ferry employees located about five miles away from the shore of Koh Samui this morning.

The sunken ferry, also known as Raja 4, was found twenty-meters deep near where it was capsized earlier this week. Two loaded lorries and huge piles of garbage were also found near the sunken ferry. The ferry had been carrying garbage trucks. Eleven survivors were rescued after the incident, two men, including the captain, were confirmed dead.

The recovery team, led by diving instructor Ivan Karadzic, who also took part in the rescue of thirteen soccer team members trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Norn cave in 2018, spent about forty minutes performing a pre-dive safety check this morning before beginning their search.

The first dive revealed safe conditions for the underwater exploration mission, however, the ferry was found deeply embedded and heavily covered in mud.

According to Surat Thani officials, the search will primarily begin in the ferry’s passenger area, including the control room and the storage room. The investigation still continues as none of the missing victims have yet been found.

See here for our previous coverage on this incident:

Photos: Surat Thani PR

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