RAWAI, PHUKET: A fishing trip ended in tragedy on Sunday, when a small fiberglass boat with three men aboard sank in a storm off Koh Bon in Rawai.
Kathu resident Attakorn Chaiboon, 40, drowned in the accident, which happened at around 8.30 pm.
His body was finally recovered from the sea at 3.10 pm on Tuesday.
Two survivors, 33-year-old Sittichai Tanatpirom and Jittapol Taweeworaprasert, 30, swam to Koh Bon and alerted the authorities at around 11.30 pm – about the same time the dive boat Choke Somboon 19 sank in a sea squall 12 nautical miles off Phuket.
Rawai Municipality officers, Marine Police and volunteers spent one hour looking for Mr Attakorn before abandoning the search due to rough conditions.
The search continued on Monday, but Mr Attakorn’s body was not recovered by Rawai Municipality officials until Tuesday.
The three men were colleagues who had gone on a fishing trip after work.
Mr Attakorn’s family have claimed his body in preparation for a Buddhist cremation ceremony.
Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.
Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.
Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.