Tugboat driver's body found near Rama VIII bridge

Tugboat driver's body found near Rama VIII bridge

Discovery made 80km from where boat sank in Ayutthaya on Wednesday

Rescuers lift the body of tugboat driver Somchai Tharnkul from the Chao Phraya River onto the Siriraj pier, almost 80km from where his boat sank on Wednesday. (Photo: @Ayutthayaruamjai rescue Facebook page)
Rescuers lift the body of tugboat driver Somchai Tharnkul from the Chao Phraya River onto the Siriraj pier, almost 80km from where his boat sank on Wednesday. (Photo: @Ayutthayaruamjai rescue Facebook page)

The body of a missing tugboat driver has been found floating near the Rama VIII bridge in Bangkok, almost 80 kilometres from where his boat sank in the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya on Wednesday.

Rescuers rushed to the scene after being alerted on Saturday morning that the body of a man was spotted near the bridge.

Relatives confirmed that the body was that of Somchai Tharnkul, driver of the sunken boat. The body was taken to the Siriraj pier for police and a medical team to examine.

While doctors were examining the body, Juthathip Karnkasikhawithee, the boat driver’s eldest daughter, burst into tears upon seeing the tiger tattoo in the middle of his chest and the watch on his wrist. She had bought the watch as a birthday gift for her father. 

Somchai’s wife, Naruemol Tharnkul, 51, is still missing and relatives are praying that they will hear news of her fate soon.

The couple were reported missing when their barge tug sank in the Chao Phraya River opposite Wat Phanan Choeng Voraviharn in Ayutthaya province late Wednesday morning.

The boat was pulling five cargo barges to a pier in Nakhon Luang district of the central province.

It sank in the strong current at the confluence of the rain-swollen Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers about 11.15am, the Ayutthaya Ruamjai Association rescue team reported on its Facebook page.


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