Ranong Province Bodies Found, Thailand — Thai marine police have recovered 13 bodies of Myanmar migrants whose boat sunk during a heavy storm in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Ranong on Wednesday, according to a Bangkok Post report.
A spokesman for the 8th Marine Police said three more bodies were recovered Saturday, in addition to the 10 bodies found during the first three days of search by marine police, rescuers and Pak Nam Ranong police. All of the dead found were men.
Pol Capt Ekarath Aroon said it was believed more bodies would be found on Sunday.
According to a border security source, a long-tailed boat with some 30 Myanmar migrants left Kawthaung, Myanmar on the night of October 9, headed for Ranong.
The boat evidently sunk in the storm with 2-meter high waves.
On related report, The bodies might have drowned as the victims tried to swim to shore, Chris Lewa from the group said, adding that some of the corpses have decomposed beyond recognition.
The account has been reportedly confirmed by religious leader Ashu Dular and other residents in two villages.
The Rohingya Muslims witness extensive discrimination and restrictions in Myanmar, including controls on their movements, family size and access to jobs.
Many of the Muslims now live in camps for the displaced, three years after scores of them lost their lives in acts of violence by extremists from the Buddhist majority. The turmoil forced more people to flee on boats.
Myanmar’s government dismisses extensive criticism that its treatment of the Rohingya is one of the reasons behind the current exodus of the migrants.
Over 4,600 distressed and hungry people are said to have been recently rescued from the sea in five Southeast Asia countries amid a humanitarian crisis in the region.