Dead, 15 Still Missing in Boat Accident Off Thai Island

Dead, 15 Still Missing in Boat Accident Off Thai Island

Dead, 15 Still Missing in Boat Accident Off Thai Island

The commander of Phuket Provincial Police, Teerapol Tipcharoen, said the sea had calmed since Thursday evening's accident and the search was ongoing.

Somsak Soprakarn of the Phuket police said "more marine officers have been deployed today".

Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to October, and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas, especially on its west coast on the Indian Ocean, where Phuket is located.

The body of the daughter, Xing Yu Jie, was recovered on Friday.

The death toll from the incident has risen to 33 - all of whom are Chinese nationals.

Despite fading hopes, rescuers in Thailand resumed a search on Saturday for 23 survivors after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank off the island of Phuket in rough weather, while authorities began to investigate the boat's operator.

Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket, where authorities had already confirmed the death of another Chinese man.

The death toll jumped after the navy sent divers to enter the wreck of the tour boat, which capsized and sank Thursday evening when it was hit by 5-meter (16-foot) -high waves as it was carrying 105 people, including 93 tourists, 11 crew and one tour guide. The incident sparked a rescue attempt that took place in the dark.

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

A scene of horror in the hull of a sunken boat: mothers still holding babies, their bodies suspended in water as the lower lounge of the Phoenix became a tomb in one of Thailand's worst ever sea disasters.

The boat sank 40m below the surface of the Andaman Sea, a few kilometers off the coast of Koh He, an islet known for its coral formations and popular with day-trippers from the tourist magnet of Phuket. Forty-eight people have been rescued and taken to shore, he said. Her husband, Xing Yong, who is also a doctor, stayed behind in China as he was busy with work.

Thai officials were rushing to cope with some of the logistics of the aftermath of the sinking.

Rescued tourists gather on a pier.

She was in Bangkok with her two friends but said they abandoned their holiday plans and flew to Phuket to help out.

Rescued tourists on a pier.

Thailand is already making global headlines after 12 boys and their junior soccer coach were found alive this week after becoming trapped inside a cave in the country's north.

Another boat sailing in the same area also capsized but all 35 tourists, five crew and a guide on board were rescued, the Water Safety Department of the Harbor Department said.

Some cried while others appeared dazed as they walked around still wearing their life vests.

"Eleven are injured, of these two are in serious condition", the governor added.

A Chinese consular official has arrived at the operations centre in Phuket to monitor the rescue effort.

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