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Thailand finds 13 dead suspected Myanmar migrants

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October 13, 2013 06:53 AM EST | AP


BANGKOK — BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say the bodies of 13 people believed to be migrants from Myanmar seeking work have been found off southern Thailand's Andaman Sea coast.

Lt. Col. Nirat Chuayjit said Sunday that marine police in Ranong province had recovered the bodies of 12 men and one woman, whom they believe were on a boat that broke up in bad weather on Wednesday as they sought to travel illegally to Thailand.

Thailand hosts hundreds of thousands of migrants from neighboring Myanmar who are willing to take menial jobs at low pay. They can register to work legally under strict conditions, but many also labor illegally.

Nirat said it was unknown how many people from the boat might be missing or survived, but that such boats normally carry about 30 people.