Ten Rohingya plucked from the sea off Satun province by a Thai trawler
Ten Rohingya, from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, were rescued from the sea off the southern border province of Satun by a Thai trawler today (Tuesday).
They were found floating, clinging to chunks of polystyrene foam, between Bulon and Khao Yai islands and were pulled from the sea by the crew of a trawler. They were put ashore in Paknam sub-district of La-ngu district, where they were escorted to a temporary shelter for questioning.
According to immigration officials, the group claimed 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, say they doubt their story and suspect that there may be more Rohingya hiding on islands off Satun coast.