Valentina's mother arrives in Koh Tao: "She had never dived in the sea before", she says
Image: Thai Rath
The mother of missing Russian tourist Valentina Novozhyonova said that her daughter had been learning to dive in Russia for four years.
But all her experience was in swimming pools - she had no experience of diving in the sea.
Her mother - who was not named in the Thai Rath story - told police yesterday that she is convinced that her daughter is missing because of an accident while diving.
She gave her own DNA to help with the investigation as divers continued to search new areas of the sea around Koh Tao on Saturday.
Meanwhile Surat governor Apichart Bunsrirot held a video conference with police from all over the province of Surat Thani to discuss the way forward.
Missing persons posters have now been posted on neighboring Koh Pangan to try to get a lead in the case.
Valentina has not been seen since mid February. Body parts found on Friday thought to be her, turned out to be animal not human.
Other items including a singlet are still being checked for DNA.
Her mother said that Valentina recently graduated with a bachelor's degree. She was a person who loved nature, forest walks and diving, she said.
Police are also waiting for the return of a Russian "dive buddy" who is currently in the Philippines. It is hoped that he may be able to shed some light on the case.
Source: Thai Rath
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