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Another Body Found as Search Continues on Sunken Koh Samui Ferry

The search continues today for the bodies of people presumed killed in Saturday’s sinking of a ferry off Koh Samui.

Divers on Firday recovered the remains of Naparada Chanhan, 42, a saleswoman for Ratcha Ferry Port Plc. Her body was found on Thursday inside a locked head on the boat and divers cut through to recover her remains Friday.

Naparada’s husband, Panya Sukchanasongkram, was waiting onboard a Navy ship when her body was brought back on a jet ski. Through tears, he said he planned to hold her funeral in Son Sak, the Surat Thani port where the ferry was headed when it went down in heavy seas late Saturday.

The Racha No. 4 ferry was carrying 16 people on board, including drivers of three garbage trucks. Eleven people were rescued while the captain, mechanic and Naparada died. Crewman Tiwakorn Vachararit and truck driver Chaichan Laosap are missing and presumed dead.

Meanwhile, Racha Ferry lost another one of its boats on Friday when the Koh Samui Marine Department suspended use of Racha Ferry No. 1 following an Aug. 6 mishap with its loading ramp. The ramp failed as a truck rolled over it, nearly sending the vehicle into the water. The ferry was sidelined until repairs are completed and the ship undergoes a complete inspection.