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Thai divers, workers join search at Laos crash site The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Thailand yesterday dispatched divers and rescue workers to help Laotian authorities retrieve the bodies of 49 people killed in Wednesday's plane crash near Laos' southern city of Pakse.

The Royal Thai Navy sent a 14-strong team, including nine divers, to help with retrieving the bodies and recovering the plane's wreckage from the Mekong River, according to Navy spokesman Rear Admiral Karn Dee-ubon.

Six rescue foundations from four northeastern provinces - Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Nakhon Ratchasima - have also sent some 100 rescue workers and equipment, such as ambulances and trucks equipped with spotlights, according to Suttinan Boonmee, caretaker governor of Ubon Ratchathani, which borders Laos.