Connect with us


Phuket search continues for missing American diver

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The Phuket Marine Police are continuing their search today for an American scuba diver who went missing from a Similans-bound liveaboard early Saturday morning.

Joshua Michael Devine, 36, a civilian IT operative working at a United States military base in Kuwait, was on the CRP Transport diving trip with his Thai wife and 22 other divers.

“We arrived in Phuket Friday afternoon, after having spent almost two weeks in Pattaya, where we own an apartment,” Mr Devine’s 36-year-old wife, Thadsana, told the Phuket Gazette.

“We arrived with 10 other divers from Pattaya, Thais and foreigners, who were joining us on the trip.”

The couple, who were married in 2010, had made a similar trip to the Similan Islands about three years ago.

“Joshua was drinking with some of the other divers on the boat that night, while I was in the bedroom. At about 4am he came into the cabin very drunk and making all kinds of noise,” Mrs Thadsana said.

“He was shouting, so two of the guys he just made friends with came in and took him away to calm him down.

“I was told to just rest in my room.”

Mrs Thadsana told the Gazette that she couldn’t get back to sleep, and about 15 minutes later one of the men returned to see of Mr Devine had come back to the room.

“The man said that Joshua wanted to be alone. We searched the boat, but couldn’t find him,” Mrs Thadsana said. “I hope my husband is still alive.”

The boat captain didn’t report Mr Devine as a missing person until about 10am, confirmed the Phuket Marine Police. Mrs Thadsana couldn’t account for the delay in notifying authorities.

“We marked the point of disappearance from the boat, Chontara 1, at about 17 nautical miles from Bang Tao Beach,” Phuket Marine Police chief Panya Chaichana told the Gazette. “We immediately sent out a vessel to do a five nautical mile sweep around the area he went missing.”

The search continued from 10am to sunset.

“Yesterday, we sent out another boat and contacted the Navy to have them launch an aerial search. A helicopter was sent out, but also failed to locate Mr Devined,” Lt Col Panya said. “The search was called off at sunset.”

Today, Marine Police were obligated to fulfill Songkran tour boat safety checks, following a 12-year-old Israeli girl dying in a Phi Phi ferry blaze last week (story here).

“Once we were finished with the safety checks, we resumed our search for Mr Devine,” Col Panya told the Gazette today.

— Chutharat Plerin


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Bangkok3 hours ago

Bang Sue Station begins 150k vaccine booster shots tomorrow

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Expat “dual pricing” at Thai hospital lawsuit; Patong bars raided | September 23

Economy4 hours ago

PM Prayut announces a 5-point plan for the future economy

Sponsored1 day ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand4 hours ago

Khon Kaen restaurant busted for allegedly serving alcohol

Kanchanaburi5 hours ago

14 Burmese migrant workers arrested for allegedly illegally crossing the border

Chiang Mai6 hours ago

Cyclist unable to take steep hill plunges to his death in Chiang Mai ravine

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Thaiger Bites | The eye of the Thaiger | Ep. 24

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 13,256 new cases; provincial totals

Pattaya7 hours ago

Pattaya Man goes looking for food, later found dead in graveyard

Phuket7 hours ago

Minor Phuket entry revision: Covid-19 test within 7 days, not 3

News8 hours ago

Grenade attack kills ranger in Pattani

Pattaya8 hours ago

Reopening Pattaya: Will it happen next week or not?

Thailand9 hours ago

5 police kiosks set on fire in Bangkok, no injuries reported

Pattaya9 hours ago

Pattaya restaurant busted selling alcohol, 15 arrested

Thailand9 hours ago

Decision on Hua Hin Hospital “dual pricing” case set for next week

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11