Four crew mem­bers res­cued af­ter freight ship sinks

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

Four crew mem­bers of a freight ship that sank near Koh Si Chang in Chon Buri prov­ince late on Wednesday were res­cued, of­fi­cials said.

Phithak Watanapong­paisal, di­rec­tor of the marine traf­fic and safety of Laem Cha­bang deep sea port, said his cen­tre was alerted at 11.40pm that the Phat­tara Marine 6 boat with 72 con­tain­ers had sank near Koh Thai Ta Muen, which is lo­cated south of Koh Si Chang.

The boat sank at Area G at a lat­i­tude of 13:05.5 and lon­gi­tude 100.48.6.

Phithak said the four crew mem­bers were plucked out of the wa­ters shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent and res­cuers man­aged to re­trieve 20 out of 72 con­tain­ers. He said it might take three days to re­trieve all the con­tain­ers.

Scuba divers have plugged the oil tank of the boat to pre­vent leak­age, he added.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter the ship had left Laem Cha­bang and was head­ing to Bangkok Port.

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