Body of missing skipper of a yacht found

Fishermen in Surat Thani have found the body of a man believed to be the missing skipper of a yacht which caught fire and capsized in the sea about four kilometres off the coast of Tambon Poom Riang in Chaiya district.

Chaiya district police received a report about the finding of a body floating in the sea about one kilometer to the west of the spot where the yacht capsized from fishermen at about 6 am Friday morning.

A rescue team and divers were then rushed to the scene and the body was fished out of the sea and sent to Surat Thani provincial hospital for an autopsy and identification before the body was claimed by his family for funeral.

The skipper of the yacht, 35-year old Mr Samran Pitakpolsakul, went missing after the vessel caught fire and capsized on Tuesday night.

The vessel was towed back on Thursday but it ran aground about 800 metres from the coast. Divers searched the capsized boat but could not locate the skipper's body until police received a tipoff from fishermen Friday morning.

As far as the yacht is concerned, police are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)