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Body discovered in search for Briton missing following Thailand speedboat crash

By Aine Fox

Published 30/05/2016

Accident: Rescuers at scene
Accident: Rescuers at scene

A body has been found in the search for a British man missing after a speedboat accident in Thailand.

Authorities had been searching for 46-year-old Jason Parnell since the incident on Thursday, when a huge wave capsized the boat off the coast of the island of Koh Samui.

British woman Monica O'Connor (28) died in the accident alongside a German man and a woman from Hong Kong, local authorities said.

The Thai tourist police said a fourth body had been found yesterday morning, but it is understood the authorities are waiting for formal identification.

Mr Parnell was celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife Puja when the crash happened.

Mrs Parnell and Mrs O'Connor's husband Tim are both believed to have escaped unharmed. The O'Connors were reportedly on their honeymoon.

The Angthong Discovery Tour vessel was carrying 32 tourists and four crew members when it overturned after hitting rough waters and strong winds.

The boat's captain, Sanan Seekakiaw, was taken into police custody following the crash and faces a possible charge of reckless endangerment causing death, which comes with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Mr Seekakiaw said he had asked all tourists to wear a life vest but that some had taken them off during the journey. The boat had not left shore in the days preceding the accident due to rough conditions.

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