Thailand: Tourists missing after boat capsizes in Phuket

Tourists on the Phoenix PD diving boat are rescued by a trawler after their vessel sank in Phuket on Thursday

Rear Adm. Charoenpol Kumrasri, a deputy commander of the Thai navy who is leading the rescue effort, said his hopes that more survivors will be found were diminishing.

The death toll from the sinking of a tourist boat off Thailand's Phuket island rose to 27 on Friday as rescue efforts continued to locate 29 people still missing.

Thai emergency personnel transfer a passenger (C) from the sunken tourist boat at the Chalong pier in Phuket on July 6, 2018.

He said officials would consider whether to ban boats from going to sea during strong winds.

Attempts will continue tomorrow, though today it was explained recovering the body will not be likely until the Phoenix is lifted off the seabed, an operation that officials are still working on.

The Water Safety Department of the Harbour Department said: "One person is dead, 11 injured (2 have severe injuries, 5 minor) and 56 are missing".

In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman said China's top leaders, including President Xi Jinping, were paying close attention to the incident.

Amb Lyu also again urged Thailand to improve the standards of safety for tourists.

Thailand is already making headlines after a young footbal team consisting of 12 boys and their junior coach were found alive earlier this week after becoming trapped in a cave in the north of the island.

Speaking at the press briefing today, Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat rated the Phoenix disaster as "the biggest natural disaster since the Asian Tsunami" in 2004.

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"Right now we are still looking for 49 people".

South African Dominic Robnik, who has been involved in the search on both days, called the scenes "very, very sad". He and other officials at the news conference then stood up and bowed to apologize to the victims and their families.

The ashen-faced families wiped back tears in a waiting area of the Vachira Hospital on Sunday while several got increasingly agitated when asked for further information. As reported in the global media earlier today, all three venues have been scenes of deep grief as distressed families check with officials in the hope that their loved ones are still alive - or to collect their bodies.

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

"The number of passengers on board did not exceed its legal limit", he said. Her husband, Xing Yong, who is also a doctor, stayed behind in China as he was busy with work.

"And to follow this case to the end, and prevent this from happening again", he said.

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

Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The captain of the Phoenix for recklessness causing death, and the captain of the Serendita for recklessness causing bodily harm.

The accidents were not reported to be related. It said that second boat had lost power after being swamped by waves.

Aircraft and rescue ships extended the search area from Phuket to the island of Phi Phi and Phang Nga province. The question now is 72 hours after the event.

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