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Thai SEALs, Foreign Divers Try Again to Find 3 Missing on Sunken Koh Samui Ferry

Mechanic's body recovered as authorities query why garbage wasn't sent to mainland on barges as usual

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Marine police today will take divers to the site where the Koh Samui ferry went down.

A mix of foreign scuba divers and Thai Navy SEALs will try again today to check the sunken hull of a Koh Samui ferry for four people missing and presumed dead after Saturday night’s accident.

Search teams using a jet ski and drone recovered the body of four people still missing from the sinking of the Ratcha Ferry No. 4, which went down in heavy seas late Saturday with 16 people, four vehicles and 90 tons of compressed garbage aboard.

Siravut Thongboonyang, a mechanic aboard the ferry, was found around 1 p.m. Monday by the search operation comprised of army and navy personnel, volunteers and Koh Samui marine police.

Foreign scuba divers who participated in the 2018 rescue of 13 young footballers from Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang cave and eight rescue foundation divers from Koh Tao were supposed to make up to 40 dives on Monday, but had to call off the operation due to bad weather.

Three people remain missing and are believed to be inside the hull of the sunken vessel. Surat Thani Gov. Wichavut Jinto said search teams studied the ferry’s blueprints and can make the dives once waves die down.

Also on the ferry is an estimated 90 tons of compressed garbage stored in the three trucks. Garbage from Koh Samui Island usually is compressed and shipped out on barges but, for an unknown reason, it was decided to leave the trash in the trucks and take them all to Surat Thani amid a tropical storm warning.