23 May 2024

Thai authorities have found 41 more Rohingya, from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on an island off the southern province of Satun, after Thai fishermen rescued ten people floating in the sea this morning (Wednesday).

The Rohingya on the island, including some children, appeared to be malnourished and they were given food and water by Thai officials, after they were found.

The officials said that they will take all of them to the mainland for questioning as to whether they came together by boat, with the ten Rohingya plucked from the sea by a Thai trawler today.

According to immigration officials, the group claim that they left Rakhine state by boat heading for a third country, believed to be Malaysia. While they were at sea, however, they encountered a storm, forcing them to abandon their vessel.

Immigration officials, however, said at the time that they doubted their story and suspected that there may be more Rohingya hiding on islands off Satun coast.

Subsequent searches of various islands found the 41 on Kluay Island.