Search ends in Thai boat accident after 28 bodies recovered

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2016 8:05 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai officials have ended the search for victims of a weekend boat accident after recovering 28 bodies and accounting for all the people listed as missing.

The Marine Department announced Wednesday that the last body recovered from Sunday's accident on the Chao Phraya river was that of a 70-year-old woman.

After her body was recovered Tuesday, the damaged boat was lifted from the water for an inspection to investigate the cause of the accident.

The boat was carrying more than 100 Thais home from an Islamic religious festival when it hit an underwater obstruction and sank quickly just a few meters (yards) from shore, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok. The boat's capacity was reported to be 50 passengers.

The department said the boat's helmsman was arrested Tuesday for violating navigation laws by allowing too many passengers on board and having an expired license.