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Marine Police in Ranong Recover 13 Bodies of Myanmar Migrants

The marine police have managed to recover 13 bodies of Myanmar migrants whose boat was reportedly sunk by a strong storm in the Andaman Sea off the Ranong coast on Wednesday night

The marine police have managed to recover 13 bodies of Myanmar migrants whose boat was reportedly sunk by a strong storm in the Andaman Sea off the Ranong coast on Wednesday night

 

RANONG – Lt. Col. Nirat Chuayjit said said Sunday that the bodies of 13 people believed to be migrants from Myanmar seeking work have been found off southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast.ranong-298x224

Lt. Col. Chuayjit said that marine police had recovered the bodies of 12 men and one woman, whom they believe were on a boat that broke up in bad weather Wednesday as they sought to travel illegally to the Country.

Thailand hosts hundreds of thousands of migrants from neighboring Myanmar who are willing to take menial jobs at low pay. They can register to work legally under strict conditions, but many also labor illegally.

Lt. Col. Chuayjit said it was unknown how many people from the boat might be missing or survived, but that such boats normally carry about 30 people. Survivors would be unlikely to contact Thai authorities for fear of the legal consequences of trying to enter the country illegally, he said.

It is common for migrant workers to try to sneak into Thailand during the rainy season, because the marine police cannot conduct regular patrols in stormy weather, Lt. Col. Chuayjit said.

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