At least 13 Burmese migrants drown off Thai coast

At least 13 Burmese migrants drown off Thai coast

The Thai marine police have managed to recover 13 bodies of Burmese migrants whose boat was reportedly sunk by a strong storm in the Andaman Sea off the Ranong coast on Wednesday night.

Pol Capt Ekarath Aroon, deputy superintendent of the 8th Marine Police Headquarters, said three more bodies were recovered on Saturday.

Ten bodies had been found earlier during the first three days of a search in the sea with by marine police, Pak Nam Ranong police and rescuers of the Ranong Songkroh Foundation.

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On Saturday, with help from local fishermen, the search team recovered two bodies floating in the sea near Koh Phayam and another on an island called Koh Luk Pai. All of the dead were men.

It was believed more bodies would be found on Sunday, Pol Capt Ekarath said.

According to a border security source, a long-tailed boat with about 30 Burmese migrants left Kawthaung in Burma on the night of 9 October, heading for Ranong.

The boat was sunk by a heavy storm with 2m high waves.

This article was first published in the Bangkok Post on 13 October 2013.

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