German Man Missing After Jumping From Ferry Near Phangan Island

Phangan, Surat Thani-

A German man has gone missing after he reportedly jumped from a ferry near Phangan Island in Surat Thani.

The Royal Thai Navy Second Area Command reported to Thai media that they were notified that a male foreign tourist jumped from a ferry heading from Phangan Island at 7:00 P.M. last night (January 31st) to Donsak in Surat Thani.

Fifteen minutes after the ferry left the pier near Phangan Island passengers shouted out that someone jumped off the ferry. The ferry captain turned the vessel around to search for the passenger while calling the Royal Thai Navy for assistance.

A full search was launched at 8:47 P.M. by the Surat Thani Marine Police, local rescue divers, and the Phangan Marine Office. However, the search was stopped due to darkness and two meter high waves in the sea at 10:00 P.M.

The tourist was later publicly identified by officials as Mr. Florian Storz, 35, a German national. The search has begun again this morning (February 1st).

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.