(23 November) A Russian man is reported missing after he went scuba diving off the coast in Chonburi province.
Ms. Suwimol (surname unclear), the manager of the diving company, told police Mr. Karen Gapoyan was travelling with 46 other Russian divers on the ship to the diving spot, west of Rin Island.
According to Ms. Suwimol, Mr. Gapoyan was among the first group of 7 Russians allowed into the water, accompanied by a diving instructor of the company. The group reportedly spent 55 minutes scuba diving in the area, and Mr. Gapoyan did not return to the surface when the allotted time for diving was over.
The Navy has been conducting search and rescue operations in the area, with a helicopter and a number of rescue parties on boats, to no avail.
Ms. Galina Telichkina, the wife of Mr. Gapoyan, said she was married to the Russian man on 16 November and the couple visited Thailand for their honeymoon.
Ms. Galina added that she believes Mr. Gapoyan is still alive because he is a talented diver with extensive experience.
The company manager, Ms. Suwimol, told our correspondent Mr. Gapoyan holds the record of 159 diving sessions. He was using his own diving apparatus when he disappeared, Ms. Suwimol said.
The divers have also signed documents acknowledging the risks of the diving session and taking responsibility of any misfortune caused by the trip, Ms. Suwimol added.
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