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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing

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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing

By The Nation




The Harbour Department announced at 1.26pm on Friday that 40 passengers of the ill-fated Phoenix dive boat were confirmed killed in the sinking on Thursday.


Rescuers continued to comb the sea around Phuket for the remaining 16 missing Chinese, said the department in a statement. Forty-nine people have been rescued, it added.


Most of the recovered bodies had not yet been sent ashore to be held at Vachira Phuket Hospital. Many had been found trapped inside the boat.


The Phoenix dive boat was carrying 105 passengers – 93 tourists and 12 boat crew and tour guides – when it sank in the Andaman Sea near Phuket on Thursday.


Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30349478


-- © Copyright The Nation 2018-07-06


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You have to investigate the circumstances more. I have been on a much smaller wooden boat in the Maldives which was sailing in smooth waters all day to an island and diving and on the way back a storm blew up and it was getting a little concerning. We couldnt see where we were going even and almost ran aground.


I can swim well we had life jackets so I wasnt that worried even if the boat went down. But the chinese on board were praying.


So these boats it must have been an unusually big storm to sink them. 

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16 minutes ago, Jeremy50 said:

Don't expect this to get much news coverage for long.         R.I.P. 40+ Chinese Tourists.

No, because world news is currently fixated on the cave survivors up north. It's really sad news at a time where the country was rejoicing.

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Bodies seen in sunken ’Phoenix’ dive boat off Phuket



The ’Phoenix’ dive boat which sunk of Koh Hei at around 4pm yesterday (July 6) afternoon. Photo: Marine Department


PHUKET:-- It has been confirmed this afternoon that a number of bodies have been seen inside the sunken ‘Phoenix’ dive boat which overturned and sunk in a storm off Phuket yesterday afternoon with 105 passengers on board.


A report issued by AFP today (July 6) quotes Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrase as saying that divers had “seen over 10 bodies” floating inside the vessel.


“In a grisly development, divers reported seeing ‘over 10 bodies’ floating inside the hull of the submerged boat, according to Thai navy Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrasee, who said they would try to retrieve them later Friday,” the AFP report says.


Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/bodies-seen-in-sunken-phoenix-dive-boat-off-phuket-67779.php#ahSJps9LksiDy6JO.97

-- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-7-6
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