Thailand finds bodies of 13 suspected migrants from Myanmar in the sea
BANGKOK (AP) - The Thai police say the bodies of 13 people, believed to be migrants from Myanmar seeking work, have been found off southern Thailand's Andaman Sea coast.
Lieutenant-Colonel Nirat Chuayjit said on Sunday that marine police in Ranong province had recovered the bodies of 12 men and one woman, whom they believe were on a boat that broke up in bad weather on Wednesday as they sought to travel illegally to Thailand.
Thailand hosts hundreds of thousands of migrants from neighbouring Myanmar who are willing to take menial jobs at low pay. They can register to work legally under strict conditions, but many also labor illegally.
Lt-Col Nirat said it was unknown how many people from the boat might be missing or had survived, but that such boats normally carry about 30 people.