Japanese diver missing off Koh Phangan

Japanese diver missing off Koh Phangan

Divers search for a Japanese tourist off Koh Kor Ma in Koh Phangan district in Surat Thani on Wednesday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
Divers search for a Japanese tourist off Koh Kor Ma in Koh Phangan district in Surat Thani on Wednesday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI - Divers continued their search for a second day on Wednesday for a Japanese tourist who went missing on a diving trip near Koh Phangan.

The 22-year-old man was reported missing while diving in rough seas with his friends off Koh Kor Ma near Koh Phangan in Koh Phangan district in the southern province on Tuesday.

The divers could not find him and on Wednesday they were joined by police and authorities of the Marine Department to try to locate him.

Pol Maj Gen Apichart Bunsriroj, chief of Surat Thani police, said a strong current in the area where he went missing had obstructed the search, but vowed to continue the operation until the tourist was found.

The Meteorological Department on Wednesday warned of continued rough seas, strong winds and heavy rain in the Gulf of Thailand near Surat Thani and other southern provinces until Saturday.


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