Divers in Koh Samui on Wednesday found no bodies inside the hull of the sunken Ratcha 4 ferry, although the search will continue tomorrow.
The Surat Thani provincial press office said at 2 p.m. today that the team of foreign and Thai divers made four dives on the wreck, finding plenty of garbage, but no remains of the three missing passengers lost in Saturday’s accident between Koh Si and Koh Hah, about five nautical miles from Koh Samui’s main pier. Eleven people were rescued and the bodies of the captain and a mechanic were recovered,
The remains of Ratcha Ferry Port Plc. saleswoman Naparada Chanhan, crewmen Siravut Thongboonyang and Tawakorn Vachararit and garbage truck driver Chaichan Laosap were thought to be trapped inside the ship when it went down in heavy seas, but divers did not locate them.
However, while teams of four divers made four, 30-minute dives, the search of the large vehicle transporter, they were unable to reach the cabin and thus will continue the search Thursday.
The dive team – several members of which participated in the 2018 rescue of 13 young footballers from Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang cave – found that the ferry was overturned with its bow sunk about two meters deep in mud. Two of the garbage trucks on board were found outside the hull, their windows broken out from the inside. Another garbage truck and a pickup were not found. Much of the 90 tons of compressed garbage was scattered around the wreck scene.
It’s been a particularly unlucky week for Ratcha Ferry as, on Tuesday, a vehicle ramp at another of its Koh Samui piers collapse, trapping a truck and delaying the departure of a morning ferry.