Monday 3 June 2013

12 Myanmar bodies found off Ranong

Source Bankokpost, 3 June

RANONG - Twelve bodies believed to be those of Myanmar migrants have been found floating at sea off the Ranong coast.

Police believe their boat could have sunk during a severe storm.

Marine Police Division 8 inspector Niran Chuayjit said officers on Sunday found nine bodies floating near Chang Island in tambon Koh Phayam of Ranong's Muang district.

A day earlier, the bodies of three Myanmar females were found in the sea in same area, near Myanmar territorial waters.

All of them could have been on the same boat travelling to Thailand for work, Pol Lt Col Niran said. The boat may have capsized during a storm, he said.

Police are in the process of contacting Myanmar officials, asking that they beef up measures to prevent people travelling to Thailand illegally by boat, he said.

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