Eight rescued, one missing after boat sinks off Songkhla

Eight rescued, one missing after boat sinks off Songkhla

Divers on speedboat were searching for anchor on seabed near Koh Noo

Rescuers scan the waters around Koh Noo in Songkhla for signs of a missing diver on Saturday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)
Rescuers scan the waters around Koh Noo in Songkhla for signs of a missing diver on Saturday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: One person is missing and eight others were rescued when a speedboat carrying a team of divers capsized off Koh Noo, about one kilometre from Laem Samila beach, in Muang district on Saturday morning.

Marine police and Muang Songkhla municipal officials dispatched boats to the island in the Gulf of Thailand after being alerted at around 9am.

Eight people — seven divers and the boat driver — were safely rescued and taken to a pier in Singha Nakhon district of Songkhla, said police.

The search operation was continuing for the missing diver, identified only as Praderm. Authorities also asked the Mittraparb Samakkhi rescue foundation to send divers to help with the search.

The speedboat was carrying a team of divers to search for an anchor on the seabed near Koh Noo. Strong wind and waves hit the boat, causing it to sink, said a police source.

Diving equipment also sank with the speedboat.


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