Plan to fi­nally raise ‘Raja 4’

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL -

SU­RAT THANI: The sal­vage oper­a­tion for the ve­hi­cle ferry that sank off Koh Sa­mui dur­ing a storm last month, killing five peo­ple, will be­gin this week­end.

The op­er­a­tor, Raja Ferry, said the rais­ing of the ves­sel, the Raja 4, from the seabed would be­gin today and was ex­pected to take three days.

The last of the three trucks that went down with the ferry, and their loads of com­pressed rub­bish and elec­tronic waste, had been hauled from the bot­tom of the sea, the com­pany said. The Raja 4 was en route from Koh Sa­mui to the main­land when it sank in stormy seas on the night of Aug 1.

Eleven of those on board were res­cued but five died, with the fi­nal body be­ing found only af­ter a week­long search by divers. A mar­itime in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

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