56 missing after boat capsizes off Thailand’s Phuket island

Updated: 08:05 GMT, Jul 6, 2018 | Published: 04:47 GMT, Jul 6, 2018 |

Fifty six people are missing after a boat carrying more than 105 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand‘s tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday (July 5).

Royal Thai Navy Region 3 said 48 people had already received help and they were still looking for 49 more.

The boat was one of three to encounter difficulties at sea in the area on Thursday, the navy said. Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

The captain of the boat, Phoenix Somjing Boontham, said rubbish had got into the draining system when the first wave hit, causing it to capsize.

Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions. Road and boat accidents involving tourists are common in Thailand, where safety standards are sometimes well below international norms.

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