A search operation is still underway for the German man missing after he spontaneously appeared to jump from a ferry off Koh Pha Ngan. 35 year old Florian Storz jumped from the ferry at around 7pm on Tuesday, January 31. The ferry had departed the island’s pier around 15 minutes prior, heading for the Don Sak district of Surat Thani.
He has not been seen since.
When other passengers alerted the crew, the captain stopped the vessel, turned around and alerted the Royal Thai Navy. A search operation carried out by the Surat Thani Marine Police, the Koh Pha Ngan Marine Office, and local divers has been underway ever since underway. The search is being conducted in the sea and on the nearby islands of Tae Nok and Tae Nai.
Other boat operators are also providing assistance, by searching the waters between Surat Thani and Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. The waters are very warm in the Gulf of Thailand. It has not been reported if he was wearing a life-jacket or not.
According to a Phuket Express report, Mr Storz arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa which expired yesterday.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express