After the oil transfer ship named ‘Choke Thavorn 6’ had sunk eight sea miles off Phuket’s shore during a journey to Racha Yai Island on September 4th, the sea gypsy rescuers succeeded in recovering it on September 14th, after 10 days delay due to strong currents and waves.
The sunken ship was located at 43 meters depth in the sea. The rescuers led by Surin Pramongkit and his sea-gypsy team tied 130 two hundred-liter air tanks and released air pressure into the tanks to make the ship float to the sea surface. Then, the ship was dragged to Tapao Yai Island and onto Rasada Pier by two boats. There was no oil slick found at this accident.