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08 November 2010 :: 16:11:15 pm 45575

Thai Navy Helps Save Injured Crew Of Thai Fishing Vessel Attacked By Pirates

Two Thai Navy ships, part of the Somali Pirate Suppression Fleet in the Gulf of Aden, helped ferry injured crewmembers of a Thai fishing vessel for treatment in Oman after the boat had been attacked by pirates.
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November 8, 2010: Following an attack by Somali pirates on a Thai fishing vessel owned by the Sirichai Fishing Company, the Thai Navy logistics ship, HTMS Similan left its station in the Gulf of Aden to transfer the injured crewmen of the fishing boat to hospital in Oman, 400 miles away, according to Rear Admiral Chaiyot Sunthoranak, Commander of First Royal Thai Naval Area Command, Somali Pirate Suppression Fleet.

According to sources aboard the fishing vessel, the boat was attacked by armed pirates, approximately 70 miles from Xabo City, on the Somali coast, at 1600 hrs local time, Nov7. 23 crewmembers of the fishing boat were later given first aid by HTMS Pattani and then transferring to HTMS Similan.

Several of the injured seamen were reported to have sustained chemical injuries: Mr. Phraison Thongsuk [28], a Thai national, and Messrs Sinkhahon [28] and Soimao [28], both Cambodian nationals, had been burnt and also had severe chemical wounds covering their bodies, causing extensive parts of the skin to be destroyed. Two other Cambodian nationals, Messrs Sineehol [19] and. Niapong [43] had swallowed massive amounts of sea water contaminated with chemicals that had burnt their throats, causing their mouths to swell and also injured their stomachs.

All the severely injured were then sent to HTMS Similan to be transferred to Oman for treatment. Other seamen with minor injuries were recovering in HTMS Similan and were being well taken care of by a team of doctors and nurses from the Navy Medical Department.

The Coordination Centre at Salalah Naval Base, Sultanate of Oman, co-operated with the Thai Embassy in Oman’s request for permission for the injured to enter the country. The Sirichai Fishing Company had also been contacted with the news that their crewmen had been sent to the Salalah City Hospital for treatment. Rear Admiral Chaiyot Sunthoranak told press that the Sirichai Fishing Company had expressed their concern about their crew, promising them compensation.

HTMS Similan has now returned to its station in the Gulf of Aden to participate in the international mixed marine force’s task of suppressing piracy and guarding the vessels of all nations who have to ply their way across the dangerous area.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Thailand News

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