07 Jul '18, 3am

#Phuket boat accident: Thai officials fear 'no chance' of more survivors, death toll may hit 60

#Phuket boat accident: Thai officials fear 'no chance' of more survivors, death toll may hit 60

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday (July 6) to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank , with one official saying he feared "no chance" of any more survivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at 33 , provincial governor Noraphat Plodthong said, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the sunken vessel, the Phoenix. The boat capsized in rough seas on Thursday with 105 people on board, 93 of them Chinese tourists along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides. Television broadcast images of dozens of divers searching for the missing, while more rescuers waited on standby at a pier nearby. Seas were calm and skies clear on Friday. The Marine Police said rescue teams were diving to a depth of about 40 metres (130 feet). A...

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