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Large police contingent investigate theft from hero foreign dive instructor who helped at Chiang Rai cave rescue

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A large contingent of police from Nakorn Sri Thammarat went to aid a Danish dive instructor and three foreigners after a pick-up was broken into and items worth 50,000 baht were stolen. 

The police spoke of damage to Thailand’s reputation. 

The Danish man gained the gratitude of Thais after being involved in the rescue of the Moo Pa Academy boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave in the middle of last year. 

It was the latest adventure for dive instructor Claus Rasmussen – Thai Rath reported that he survived drowning in August when his pick up was washed away in floods. 

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Yesterday Claus, 45, had taken three tourists for dive practice at an area well known for diving in Nakorn Sri Thammarat in Thailand’s south. The area is Ban Talay Song Hong. 

He had parked his Vigo truck as he instructed Wessie, 38, from Holland, and a Russian and a Malaysian, in three 40 minute to one hour sessions yesterday afternoon. 

After the final session was over at 5.40 pm they went back to the vehicle but found that someone had taken a key that Claus had hidden in the rear of the vehicle and opened up the cab.

Missing was 600 baht from Claus, 7,000 baht of company money, an iPhone, and 30,000 baht and a One Plus phone belonging to the man from Holland. It was all worth 50,000 baht. 

A large contingent of police headed by Pol Col Preecha Panyalert of the Thung Yai constabulary went to the scene with forensics officers. Pol Col Preecha spoke of the damage such an incident might do to Thailand’s reputation. 

The area was cordoned off as the police began their work. They suggested that someone was probably mingling among the tourists and had seen the key being hidden in the back of the truck before biding their time and stealing the items while the divers were away and fleeing. 

Claus was involved in helping with the release of the boys and their coach from Tham Luang cave – an event that gained worldwide press coverage. All the party were saved. 

But it was not the only time Claus was involved in the news until yesterday. Thai Rath reported that on August 9th last year he had tried to get through floodwaters in the south and been swept away in his truck. 

He only managed to cheat death as he and the occupants of the vehicle clambered onto the roof of the pick-up and were rescue by villagers.

 Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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