Friday, May 11, 2012

Missing tourist from Taiwan

A Taiwanese tourist is missing after a tour boat capsized in the reservoir of Ratchaprapa dam in Ban Ta Khun district of Surat Thani province on Thursday afternoon.

Surat Thani police confirmed that the missing tourist was a 47-year-old pilot from Taiwan. He was travelling with his friends from Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand.Initial reports said the missing tourist was from Singapore.

Rescuers from the Kusol Sattha Foundation plucked four survivors from the water after the accident. One of them was the Thai boat operator, identified as Adipong Wichiankaew, and three others were foreign tourists, who were not immediately identified.

The Ratchaprapa dam is a tourist attraction inside Khao Sok National Park.Eyewitnesses said four foreign tourists hired the long-tailed boat operated by Mr Adipong to take them out onto the lake for fishing and sightseeing. The boat capsized after hitting a floating tree trunk.

National park officials went out in a speed boat on a search and rescue mission but had still not found the missing tourist as evening fell.

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