Dozens missing after tourist boat capsizes off Thailand

06 Juillet, 2018, 06:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rescued people sit on a fishing boat. Dozens remain missing

Governor Norraphat Plodthong said 48 passengers were rescued from the boat, with 49 unaccounted for.

Forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand's tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said.

The Royal Thai Marine Corps said in a statement that the Phoenix sank about 7-kms (5 miles) from the shore and the boat had sunk to a depth of about 38-40 metres (yards).

More than 90 passengers were onboard when the boat began to keel over, prompting a rescue operation that stretched into the night and left authorities scrambling to react.

Thailand is already in the global spotlight for the dramatic rescue mission of 12 boys and their football coach, who became trapped in a cave complex in Chiang Mai during monsoon flooding.

Another boat also overturned off Phuket on Thursday.

Phuket is a magnet for overseas visitors including Western sun-seekers and huge numbers of Chinese tourists who make up the bulk of the 35 million people expected to visit the kingdom this year.

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The Phoenix was among several boats that appeared to have ignored a severe weather warning in place since Wednesday to take tourists on day-trips to the islands that dot the seas off Phuket.

The Serenta, another boat sailing in the same area, also capsized.

The nationalities of the tourists involved have not yet been confirmed. The reason for the discrepancies was not clear.

A Chinese man has died and 56 other people are missing after a tourist boat capsized in turbulent waters off the coast of Thailand's popular Phuket tourist island.

Collated reports at midnight said 53 people are missing in the rough waters that overturned their boat.

All of the passengers in both cases were pulled from the sea alive.

The governor of the southern Thai province said a rescue operation was underway after the incident, which occurred shortly before 6pm local time.

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