By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BANGKOK — Police in Thailand have arrested three fishermen from Burma in connection with the murder a British tourist as he sailed off southern Thailand's Andaman coast.
Assailants climbed aboard Malcolm Robertson's yacht, which was moored near Koh Dong in Satun Province, and tried to steal a raft, said police Capt. Suparak Pongkarnjana.
"The victim shouted for help, and they slit his throat with a knife and hit him before throwing his body overboard," Suparak said, adding that the 64-year-old Briton's body had not been found.
He said the assailants forced Robertson's 60-year-old wife Linda to steer the yacht to shore. They fled in a raft when they saw Thai national park employees passing by in a boat, Suparak said.
Koh Dong is an island just off the coast of mainland Satun Province, some 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of the capital of Bangkok.
Thai authorities arrested the three Burmese on Tuesday morning in a raft about one-half mile (1 kilometer) from the yacht.
Suparak said the three men gave a statement to police.
Prosperous Thailand is a magnet for migrants from Cambodia, Laos and Burma who take menial and dangerous jobs shunned by Thais and then face exploitation in their efforts to earn a living. More than 1 million migrants from Burma are believed to be working in Thailand.