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Israeli girl killed in Thailand boat fire named
« on: April 11, 2015, 10:04:56 AM »
A 12-year-old Israeli girl killed in a fire on a ferry near Thailand was named as Shani Maril, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Maril, from the central Israeli city of Modiin, was killed when a tour boat she was on with her family caught fire and sank in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s southwestern coast on Wednesday.

She was the only fatality.

Maril’s body was found early Thursday morning by local authorities.

The girl was located 18 meters (59 feet) underwater by scuba divers conducting the search on behalf of the Thai navy, Channel 2 reported.

Representatives from the local Chabad house and the Israeli consulate were present at the scene.

“Divers found her body at around 11:00 am inside the toilet at the rear of the boat,” Lieutenant General Decha Butnampetch, southern region police commander, told AFP.

The victim was in Thailand to celebrate her bat mitzvah with her parents and brother.

An Israeli rescue worker present at the scene of the accident told Channel 2 on Wednesday that the girl had died of smoke inhalation. It was unclear whether she drowned or was already dead from suffocation by the time the ship had sunk.