Student diver dies on Sattahip shipwreck

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A scuba-diving student drowned taking a course on Sattahip’s current-swept Hardeep shipwreck.

Poonsak Thipburin, 39, was on a course with 20 other Thai and foreign students at the 26-meter-deep shipwreck off Samae San Feb. 10 when the Nakhon Pathom native apparently tried to surface and was swept away and drowned.

Royal Thai Navy ship 112 recovered the body and returned it to a navy pier in Sattahip and, after, Sattahip Km. 10 Hospital.

Instructor Siriwat Rukthum, 38, said his student had been training for a week.

The Hardeep, a freighter sunk in World War II, sits between two headlands and is often subjected to vicious currents that even experienced divers can find tricky.