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HTMS Sukhothai death toll 10 as three more bodies found

HTMS Sukhothai death toll 10 as three more bodies found

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Three more bodies were found floating in the sea on Saturday (Dec 24) morning, bringing the unofficial death toll from the sunken HTMS Sukhothai to 10, as the search for the 19 remaining missing sailors entered its sixth day.


By Bangkok Post

Saturday 24 December 2022, 05:06PM


The search operation for the missing sailors from HTMS Sukhothai that sank off Prachuap Khiri Khan last Sunday (Dec 18) entered its sixth day on Saturday (Dec 24). Photo: Supplied to Bangkok Post / Wassana Nanuam

The search operation for the missing sailors from HTMS Sukhothai that sank off Prachuap Khiri Khan last Sunday (Dec 18) entered its sixth day on Saturday (Dec 24). Photo: Supplied to Bangkok Post / Wassana Nanuam

A navy source said HTMS Taksin found the first body at 11.37am and HTMS Kraburi recovered it from the sea. At 12.10pm, patrol ship 113 found a body and HTMS Kraburi recovered it. An aircraft detected another body at 12.15pm and HTMS Taksin recovered it from the sea, reports Bangkok Post.

On Friday (Dec 23), another body was found near the spot where HTMS Sukhothai sank in the Gulf of Thailand. Pending confirmation of identities, this would bring the known death toll to 10.

However, the official figure of dead crewmen and the number still missing has yet to be released by the navy.

Royal Thai Navy spokesman Adm Pokkrong Monthatpalin said earlier on Saturday (Dec 24) that an air and sea search by the navy and other agencies was continuing. Diving teams were also active at the spot where HTMS Sukhothai sank.

On Saturday (Dec 24) morning, an aircraft detected another body in the sea in the fourth zone of the search area, said Adm Pokkrong. HTMS Kraburi recovered the body from the sea and sent it to HTMS Taksin, which took the body to shore for identity verification, said the navy spokesman.

On Friday (Dec 23), another body was found floating near the spot where HTMS Sukhothai sank off Bang Saphan district in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Bangkok Post reports.

HTMS Sukhothai, with 105 people on board, capsized on Sunday (Dec 18) night as it was patrolling in rough seas. Seventy-six sailors were rescued alive. Officially, eight have been found dead and 21 are still missing, said the spokesman.

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Kurt | 27 December 2022 - 08:05:37

We remember that italian Captain of a cruise vessel who after vessel's grounding 'did fall' in a life boat, leaving crew and passengers behind. He was arrested and is doing now many years jail time. Captain Pitchitchai should be questioned in court how it is possible he survived while so many crewmembers who left ship BEFORE him died/missing. I am curious.

Kurt | 26 December 2022 - 05:47:58

Yesterday in BP article with photo of the captain of the Sukhothai, live and well. He supposed to leave a sinking vessel as last person ( or go down with it). Is this a indication that all crew/passengers left the vessel before him? He was saved, why not the others who left vessel before him?

JohnC | 25 December 2022 - 09:57:23

Has anybody looked inside the sunken vessel yet to look for the missing seamen? Who is to say that all people onboard got into the sea before it sank.

Kurt | 24 December 2022 - 18:50:12

How many bodies of the still missing sailors could be  inside the vessel? We don't read a single word about navy divers who inspect the wreck inside. Must be not dificult when they are certified PADI wreck divers as the vessel lay on recreational dive depth.

 

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