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Bodies seen in sunken ’Phoenix’ dive boat off Phuket

Bodies seen in sunken ’Phoenix’ dive boat off Phuket

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.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 6 July 2018, 04:35PM


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

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

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.

Meanwhile the Phuket Public Relations department have confirmed that 21 bodies have been recovered from the area surrounding where the Phoenix sunk.

Their latest report states that a further 35 people are still missing.

At 2:30pm today, Governor Norraphat Plodthong, deputy commander of Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command R/Adm Charoenphon Khumrasee, and relevant government agencies held a press conference to provide an update on the boat incidents off Phuket yesterday afternoon.

They once again confirmed that that 105 people, including tourists and crew members, were on board Phoenix when it sunk close to Koh Hei at around 4pm yesterday.

A second vessel, Serenata, sunk close to Mai Thon Island with 42 people on board, including tourists and crew members.

It was confirmed that all those on board Serenata had been rescued.

However, regarding Phoenix, which was carrying 93 tourists and 12 guides, rescue workers rescued 49 people shortly after the incident which left 56 people missing.

Gov Norraphat confirmed that 21 bodies had been recovered from the sea today and that 35 people are still being searched for.

Governor Norraphat said that the main focus of the ongoing rescue operation is an 10 kilometres radius of where Phoenix sunk and that a search by air and sea will continue until all the missing people are found.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered an investigation into why “the boat went to sea” despite a weather warning of strong wind, according to an AFP report.

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Capt B | 07 July 2018 - 11:56:44

The vessel was unstable & should have never been in Survey for commercial operation in the 1st place. Good reading for The Marine Department & the Governor: D.R.Derret, Ship Stability for Masters & Mates.  Was the "inclining experiment" carried out before survey approval was given ?

Asterix | 06 July 2018 - 17:52:54

'Phoenix’ sank with 105 people on board and a total of 48 people (36 tourists and all 12 crew and guides) had been rescued.

Note that the 12 crews and guides have been rescued while 57 Chineses drowned on the boat.

Normally, crews must be the last to quit a sinking boat according to International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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