Special Report

PHUKET: The family of Captain Rajib Chandra Karmaker, master of the Bangladeshi cargo ship MV Hope, has launched a public appeal for any information that may lead to the recovery of the missing captainís body and those of his lost shipmates.

The Hope, laden with ball clay, was struck broadside by large waves and listed heavily in stormy seas south of Phuket while en route from Malaysia to Bangladesh on July 4.

Five of the 17-strong crew managed to board a life raft and were later rescued by the passing German container ship Buxmoon, but the other 12 were tossed into the sea when the ship heaved violently.