65 Rohingyas found shipwrecked in Thailand
The boat was discovered early Tuesday in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the border of Myanmar.
State of the Rohingyas
Most have escaped into overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, while others have fallen prey to human trafficking rings as they seek better lives in Malaysia or Thailand.
(In pic: Rohingya refugees in Unchiprang refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh)
Women on the boat
One Thai man and five Burmese citizens were also in the group. The men said they were fishing in the area and had no link to the Rohingyas.
A provincial official said the group was initially investigated for illegal entry but the probe had broadened.
"Authorities are not ruling out other issues such as human trafficking," an Internal Security Command (ISOC) source in Satun province said.
Photos from the Thai Navy showed the group on a beach, some eating rice near the marooned ship.
Myanmar has said the 2017 crackdown was aimed at rooting out insurgents who attacked military posts.
It has signed a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh to return Rohingya refugees, but so far virtually none have volunteered to go back.
United Nations investigators have said the violence amounts to "genocide" and called for the prosecution of top generals.
(In pic: Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp housing.)