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Saphan Mon salvage operation suspended

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A salvage team temporarily called off an operation to retrieve a collapsed section of the Kanchanburi's famous Saphan Mon bridge yesterday because of strong river currents. 

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Police divers began their first day of operation late Thursday morning to search for and remove pieces of the fallen Uttamanusorn bridge to reuse them for the repairs. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

Collapsed bridge salvage called off

KANCHANABURI - An operation to salvage the submerged pieces of the collapsed section of Kanchanaburi's famous Uttamanusorn Bridge, the country’s longest wooden bridge, was called off on Thursday because of turbulence in the Song Ka Lia River. They will resume the salvage operation today.

Widely known as Saphan Mon, the 850 metre-long wooden bridge built across the Song Ka Lia River in Sangkhla Buri district 26 years ago was torn apart by strong currents on July 28.

The collapsed section is in the middle and about 70m long.

A 50-strong team of police divers, rescue workers, soldiers and national park officials began their first day of operation late Thursday morning to search for and remove pieces of the fallen bridge to reuse them for the repairs.

A team of police divers found piles of timber about 15-20 metres underwater and 80 metres from the location of the bridge downriver. The timbers and pieces of wood were covered with a large amount of mud. Authorities brought in rafts and winches to try to recover the pieces from the riverbed.

Locals walk across a temporary bridge that has been built next to the main bridge.

The divers planned to tie cables attached to winches to the larger structures but were unable to do so after they descended 10 metres and found the turbulence had stirred up the mud, reducing their visibility.

The team called off the operation and asked for advanced heavy equipment from the Engineer Regiment of Phanu Rangsi military camp in Ratchaburi province.

For a previous story on the building of the temporary bridge, click here:

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advanced: having the most modern and recently developed ideas, methods, etc - ก้าวหน้า, สมัยใหม่

authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

cable: thick strong metal rope used on ships, for supporting bridges, etc. - สายเคเบิ้ล, เชือกหรือเหล็กเส้นขนาดใหญ่

call off: to decide to stop something that is already happening; to decide that something will not happen - บอกเลิก

collapse: to fall down suddenly - พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน

current: a strong movement of water in one direction - กระแสน้ำ

descend: to go down - ลงมา

diver: a person who works underwater, usually with special equipment - นักดำน้ำ

locals: people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน

location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล

operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ

pile: objects positioned one on top of another - กอง

raft: a small light flat boat made of wood, rubber or plastic - แพ เรือแพ

recover: to get something back that has been lost or stolen - ได้กลับคืนมา

reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง

regiment: a large group of soldiers - กรมทหาร, กองทหาร

remove: to take something away - เอาออกจาก

repairs: fixing something that is broken or damaged - การซ่อมบำรุง

rescue worker: a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต

resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง

salvage: to save something from being lost completely - กอบกู้

search: to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา

section: any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน

stir up: to cause a liquid or substance to move around - คน

structure: something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts - โครงสร้าง

submerged: under water - จมน้ำ

temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว

timber: wood used for building houses or for making furniture - ไม้ซุง

turbulence: strong sudden movements within air or water - การเคลื่อนไหวผิดปกติของบรรยากาศ

visibility: how clearly objects can be seen, or how far you can see clearly, usually because of the weather conditions - ทัศนวิสัย

winch: a piece of equipment that uses a rope or chain to lift people or things - เครื่องกว้าน, เครื่องฉุดดึงหรือยกของหนัก

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