Search and rescue teams resumed their search today (Wednesday) for one crew member and the decapitated body of another, after their trawler collided with an oil tanker in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35kms from the Lang Suan estuary in Thailand’s southern province of Chumphon yesterday.
The force of the collision threw five of the trawler’s crew into the sea. Three were, however, rescued by the crew of the tanker.
A Fisheries Department patrol boat soon arrived at the scene to search for the missing crew. They found the severed head of one crew member, but not his body.
The fishing vessel sustained some damage, but could navigate back to the wharf in the Lang Suan estuary.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident and police say they will question the skipper of the oil tanker in an attempt to find out who was at fault.