TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Residents said that a boat carrying junta soldiers sank at the river mouth between Launglon and Dawei Townships.
It is said that the boat sank somewhere in between Kathama Island (near Kyaukni Maw Village) and Rabe Village, at around 7 p.m. on July 16.
The junta soldiers on the sinking boat were reportedly searched by the military and the Pyu Saw Htee militants the next morning (June 17).
“This morning, the news about the sinking junta boat is the talk of the Kyaukni Maw Village. The Pyu Saw Htee members are conducting searches with the boats from the village. The place where the junta boat reportedly sank is a place with whirlpools,” said a local.
According to the locals, the dead bodies of the junta soldiers are found in the Dawei River (although the media could not independently confirm). In addition, junta heavy weapons on board were also said to be submerged during that incident.
“They said only a few bodies are found and they are looking for more,” said another resident. There are also reports that up to 30 junta soldiers have drowned.
On July 17 noon, junta soldiers reportedly arrived at the pier in Kyatsarpyin Ward and were also seen carrying oxygen tanks.
About 100 soldiers are reportedly coming from Dawei since the afternoon of July 15 in two large boats and a speed boat and arrived at the lower part of Launglon Township. Those troops are still stationing at Thakyettaw Village School.