Car With 2 Bodies Has Been Stuck in Calif. River for Weeks

Henrietta Strickland
August 13, 2017

Steel told the families that she had been informed by the Fresno county office that a rescue team would descend the cliff and draw up a plan to retrieve the students and the vehicle.

Protests are planned in Fresno County and Los Angeles by the Thai Amercian Community as frustration mounts at the slow progress of the operation. I realize this is a hard situation and want you to know that our goal is to recover your family members in a respectful manner as soon as an opportunity presents itself.

Thiwadee "Min" Saengsuriyarit, 24, and Pakkapol "Golf" Chairattanasongporn, 28, were trapped in their vehicle when it plunged off a mountain road on their way to Kings Canyon National Park in California.

Thailand's Consulate in Los Angeles says it believes the bodies belong to two Thai students who attend the University of South Florida and were vacationing in California. "We ask for their patience during this delicate recovery process". Two days later, a nearby hotel that had heard about the accident informed police that two Thai tourists had left the hotel on the morning of July 26 and never returned.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Kings River is cold and fast from melting snow and recent thunderstorms.

Police said that the airbags had been deployed and were blocking authorities from seeing inside.

The following day, the families of the missing Thai students arrived in the United States.

From that point, the families continued to anxiously await a recovery operation that was repeatedly delayed, first by wind storms and then by high water levels in the river. "Even more sorry to hear the news of not such a rescue tomorrow", the consulate wrote August 6.

Today, Jim McDonell, Los Angeles County sheriff, is coordinating with his counterpart in Fresno County.

'A date of when this will happen is still to be determined, ' he added.

The military used a Chinook helicopter to survey the steep ravine and photograph the vehicle.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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