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Three more survivors found following MV Hope capsize

Three more survivors and two bodies have been found over the weekend following Bangladeshi cargo vessel MV Hope’s capsize in heavy seas on Thursday night off Thailand, leaving six still missing.

After being picked up by search vessel HTMS Pattani, the three crew were airlifted to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

“They were all found within the search area, a 20 nautical-mile radius from where the ship capsized. We vectored where the current and wind would carry any survivors,” said Rear Admiral Prayuth Phutien of the Royal Thai Navy’s Phuket-based Third Area Command, the Phuket Gazette reported.

The survivors, named as 2nd Officer Mohammad Mobarak Hossain and Cadets Raeq Fairooz and Mushfiqur Rahman – were found floating in life rings, Admiral Phutien reported.

“I asked him his name, just to check that he was okay. He seemed very weak, but he said his name. It’s a matter of great relief to see the survivors,” said Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Kazi Imtiaz Hossain, who was at the scene as 2nd Officer Hossain was brought in by helicopter. “I also introduced myself to him to let him know that he has not been abandoned. We will do anything to take care of our citizens. Primary assistance has been provided by Thai authorities, such as medical care. They [the survivors] will be going home as soon as their physical condition allows them to travel.

“We are very grateful to the Royal Thai Navy and the Thai officials who have risked their lives for the survivors. I pray they rescue more men.”

The capsized vessel is now being towed to Phuket for repairs.

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