Saturday, 7 July 2018
Thailand tourist boat sinking: At least 33 confirmed dead off Phuket
At least 33 people are known to have died after a tourist boat carrying mostly Chinese passengers capsized off the Thai holiday island of Phuket. The news came as Thai authorities suspended their search for missing passengers for a second night. The Phoenix - which had 105 people on board - went down in bad weather on Thursday evening. Phuket provincial governor Noraphat Plodthong said 23 people were still unaccounted for, with 49 rescued.
On Friday, Mr Noraphat told reporters the rescue operation had to be paused until Saturday morning because of strong winds and rough seas, which were making it too dangerous for divers to continue their work.