Unidentified corpse found at sea

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Teerapong Boonwat, 24, found a corpse floating in the ocean near Koh Ped about 3 nautical miles away from Ban Aumpher Beach.
Teerapong Boonwat, 24, found a corpse floating in the ocean near Koh Ped about 3 nautical miles away from Ban Aumpher Beach.

A young man in his small fishing boat found a corpse floating in the ocean near Koh Ped about 3 nautical miles away from Ban Amphur Beach.

Teerapong Boonwat, 24, tied a rope to the body and slowly towed it to Pak Klong Beach behind Wat Ampawaram in Sattahip, where he arrived at 9.30 in the morning on Oct. 18.

Another fishing boat captain sped ahead to shore and called police so that they were waiting for him when he arrived.

Teerapong told police that as he was pulling his crab traps in the area around Koh Ped in front of the beach at the Naval Rating School, he saw the corpse floating in the sea. He said he was “really scared” but couldn’t leave the body in the sea, so he towed it back to the shore to find his relatives for the proper religious ceremony.

Police determined the body looked to be a non-Thai male, heavy set, about 40 years old, wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, and black sport shoes. They predicted he had been dead for about 7 days. There was no identification on the body.

Police are looking through missing persons reports to see if they can identify the deceased man.