Probe launched into 65 Rohingyas found on Thai island


Bangkok: Thai authorities have launched an investigation into how 65 Rohingya Muslims got stranded on an island in the Andaman Sea in the south of the country, officials said on Wednesday. A boat was found on Koh Rawi in Tarutao National Park, Satun province, on Tuesday along with 71 people, including 65 members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, Police Lieutenant-General Nawee Hemman told Efe news. “We are now in the process of investigating whether they are illegal and during the investigation we continue to detain them,” Nawee said. A representative of Tarutao National Park, who wished to remain anonymous, said there were also five Myanmar crew members and one Thai captain found. Of the 65 Rohingya Muslims, 31 were women and five were children. (IANS)