Published: Fri, July 06, 2018

Divers to check sunken Thai boat for Chinese tourists: Phuket governor

Divers to check sunken Thai boat for Chinese tourists: Phuket governor

A total of 49 people are missing from a tourist boat which overturned in rough seas near the popular holiday destination of Phuket on Thursday. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear. "We have sent boats to help", Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3.

Police previously said 90 people had been rescued from the boat and just seven were missing.

Footage shared on Facebook showed officials at a pier gathering information as the rescue operation unfolded in darkness behind them.

The other, carrying 39 people - reportedly Chinese and European tourists - also capsized in a separate incident in the same area.

One of the vessels, reportedly returning to Phuket from Koh Racha in the Andaman Sea, was carrying around 100 passengers when it overturned.

The body of one of the passengers, believed to be Chinese, was pulled from the sea late yesterday and brought to shore, shortly before the search was called off for the night. Officials said all 42 on board have been rescued.

A boat carrying dozens of Chinese tourists overturned in rough seas off southern Thailand and dozens of passengers were unaccounted for, the Phuket governor said.

Ambulances could be seen waiting for various people to be rescued. The images also showed survivors being lifted from the rafts and sitting in life jackets amid ropes on the deck of what appears to be a fishing trawler.

Governor Noraphat said Phuket officials had issued a weather warning on Wednesday alerting the public about impending storms.

"All agencies are co-operating in their search at this time", Mr Norraphat said.

Initial reports from officials said all of the passengers on those boats were rescued. They said they don't know the nationalities of the other missing people, but those who had been rescued were mostly Chinese on group tours.

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