January 28, 2016

Inge Lise Bjorck Nielsen

The body of an elderly Danish woman lost at sea after falling from a ferry en route to Koh Chang was found Friday morning.

The 73-year-old tourist, identified by her Danish husband as Inge Lise Bjorck Nielsen, fell from the ferry about 1000 metres from Dan Kao ferry pier in Koh Chang district, about 30 minutes after the boat left tambon Khlong Yai in Laem Ngop district, according to a rescue team.

After an intensive search that began again Friday morning, her body was found floating about five nautical miles off Dan Mai pier at 9:50 in the morning, Thai media reported.

The ferry captain had immediately turned back after learning his Danish passenger fell overboard, but she couldn’t be found in the dark. After searching for the missing woman for about an hour, the captain continued to Dan Kao pier to allow other passengers to disembark and alerted the navy’s maritime-security centre, which sent boats to comb the area.

Dollaporn Sawatdisarn, manager of the Centre Point Ferry pier, said the tourist boarded the ferry in Laem Ngop district at 19:30, the last voyage of the day.

Pol Maj Kitwarut Pudnuan, inspector at the tourism police station 6, went to Koh Chang to meet the missing tourist’s husband. The couple had come from Bangkok for a holiday on Koh Chang on Thursday.

Case Details

Source Thai PBS
Date of Death: January 28, 2016
Last Edited: 2 years ago
Age: 73 years
Gender: Female
Nationality: Danish
Cause of Death: Drowning
Province: Trat
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