Royal Thai Navy Surveys Andaman for Rohingya

The navy vessel Tor993 on looking for boats of refugees in the Andaman sea, 12 May 2015 [The Phuket News]

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET – A team from the Phuket-based Royal Thai Navy (RTN) went on an aerial survey mission on 12 May looking for Rohingya detention camps. The mission came after reports of Rohingya camps located around the Andaman region.

"Two days ago we received a report about six Rohingya boats [in the Andaman area] so we sent out survey ships to look for them," said Capt Pongjak Uraiman, Commander of Naval Air Section.

"This morning we received a report from a survey ship stating there was an an empty boat which was suspected of being used to smuggle Rohingyas which had sunk 15 miles from the Similan Islands. We believe it was sunk by smugglers who wanted to hide the boat as it is evidence."

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