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Migrant workers' bodies retrieved

December 23, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Marine police retrieved the bodies of 22 migrant workers from Myanmar found floating off the west coast of Thailand, police said today.

Acting on information from fishermen, a police search party found the corpses in the Andaman Sea near Ranong province Saturday.

"We do not know why or when the boat or boats sank, but we believe that they must have been overloaded and sank in that area about two days ago," police Lt. Col. Yongyuth Preechachart said in Ranong.

Ranong, 290 miles south of the Thai capital, Bangkok, is a major trading and commuting point on the Thai-Myanmar border.

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