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bangkok divers wear a bucket on their heads

Post by yartims » August 4, 2018, 10:11 pm

interesting article ..never seen em in the river ..

AFP, Bangkok Friday, 3 August 2018
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Kneeling before his homemade metal scuba helmet, Bhoomin Samang prays for good fortune before he dives into the day's work -- scouring the bed of Bangkok's Chao Phraya river for sunken treasure.

The 62-year-old is part of a small community known as Thailand's "Indiana Jones" divers, who brave the inky-black underworld of the trash-filled waterway in search of coins, china, jewellery and scrap metal.

"We look for old coins, sometimes we are hired to find lost objects in the river," says Bhoomin, a veteran diver who has been scouring the river for 30 years.

Sometimes the find is more macabre -- the divers have stumbled across skulls and skeletons as they feel their way along the river bed in total darkness.

"If you're afraid of ghosts, you can't go in because you can't see anything. But we're used to it," he explains.

Trained foreign and Thai Navy SEAL divers were recently at the centre of global attention for their daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a waterlogged cave in northern Thailand.

But the "Indiana Jones" divers use more makeshift equipment and operate under the radar in the middle of the country's urban metropolis.

Wearing shorts and T-shirt, Bhoomin jumps off his motorised skiff into a river strewn with city sewage and debris. ... asure.html

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