FSO SAR Kings River Recovery Operation
This video shows different stages of the recovery operation conducted by the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) team in the Kings River on September 1, 2017. It took a total of eight hours for SAR and the California Highway Patrol's Air Support Unit to successfully move the car and remove two bodies from it. The victms were later identified to be Pakapol Bhakapon Chairatnathrongporn, 28, of Thailand and Thiwadee Saengsuriyarit, 24, of Thailand. This is a summary of the operation. One of our SAR deputies made his way out to the car and secured it by attaching a cable to the car from a device called a Griphoist, which is basically a manual winch system. Deputies on the side of the river tethered the Griphoist to a rock and then slowly ratcheted it, pulling it a short distance into slower moving water. This made conditions much safer for deputies to access the car. The team then used tools to get inside the car and were able to free both bodies. Deputies hoisted each body up to the crew aboard H40 and they flew the bodies to the road side where a coroner transportation unit was stationed. Family members have since taken possession of the bodies and held memorial services.Posted by Fresno County Sheriff's Office on Monday, September 11, 2017
A short video was released by the Fresno County Sheriff’s department on September 1, which showed the retrieval of the bodies of two Thai students.
That died after their rental car plunged 150-metres off a cliff into the Kings River in California last July.
The video which lasts for 5-minutes shows different stages of the recovery operation which comprised of Search and Rescue team members and Fresno County Sheriff deputies.
The operation took a total of 8 hours to complete before the bodies of Pakapol Bhakapon Chairatnathrongporn, 28, and Thiwadee Saengsuriyarit, 24, were finally removed from the car.
Recapping the operation the Fresno County Sheriff Office said that a member of the Search and Rescue team made their way out to the car which was in fast moving water and attached a cable to the car before members of the team by the side of the river used a Griphoist (manual winch) to pull the car across to slower water where the bodies could be safely removed.
A helicopter was then used to airlift the bodies to a nearby road where they were taken away by coroners.
Family members of the two students have since taken possession of the bodies and held funeral services.
Source : ThaiPBS
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