ivers have now pulled 13 bodies from the waters off the coast of the Thai resort island of Phuket after a tourist boat went down during a violent storm on Thursday afternoon. At the moment, dozens of people remain missing. Any hope of rescuing them alive is fast running out. Most of the passengers who were onboard the boat are reported to be Chinese tourists.
The Phoenix was one of a number of boats that ignored weather warnings yesterday, deciding instead to take a large group of tourists out for a day-trip to the islands dotting the seas around Phuket. It keeled over after being battered by five-meter-tall waves, sinking down 40 meters below the water’s surface.
According to information released earlier this morning by the Chinese Consulate-General in the city of Songkhla, rescuers have managed to save 77 Chinese tourists while 49 remained missing. That number was reduced with the latest update from Thai authorities at around 12:40 pm today, which said that divers had found a dozen more bodies, bringing the confirmed death toll up to 13.
The Thai Navy is continuing its search for any survivors, but the chances of finding anyone alive are now going from incredibly slim to none.
Meanwhile, up in the north of the country, 12 boys and their football coach remain trapped in a cave in remote Chiang Rai Province. Earlier today, it was announced that a former Thai Navy Seal had died while delivering oxygen to the trapped group, something that they desperately need with oxygen levels in the cave dropping quickly. At this time, it’s not clear how the boys and their coach will be rescued.