In a harrowing incident that has left locals and authorities stunned, a decomposed body of an unidentified man was found washed ashore in South Thailand. The shocking discovery was made by local fishermen on rocks along the beach, close to a popular tourist pier in the Koh Khai Pathiu district of Chumphon, Bangkok Post reported.
What’s even more alarming is that the body was found without clothes and most of the flesh had been stripped away, leaving only the skeleton, legs, arms, and head. Police believe that the man died around a month or two ago. His identity remains a mystery.
The remains have been sent to Pathiu Hospital for closer examination, but Pol Capt Sayant Tumrawat, deputy investigation chief at Pathiu, said that it’s too early to confirm whether the dead man was one of the missing sailors from the HTMS Sukhothai ship that sank during a storm in the sea off Prachuap Khiri Khan in December.
This discovery has sparked a wave of concern, and authorities are scrambling to uncover the identity of the deceased and determine the cause of death. The incident has also been reported to the navy, who are working closely with the police to unravel the mystery.
HTMS Sukhothai sank in water about 50 metres deep roughly 19 nautical miles off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Bang Saphan district on the night of December 18.
There were 105 crew on board, of whom 76 were rescued, 24 were found dead and five people remain missing.
Last month, the Naval Supply Department revealed that there were 130 life jackets on the vessel when it sank in December, more than enough for the 105 crew.
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet said that the RTN is investigating claims by survivors that there were not enough life jackets on HTMS Sukhothai.
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