Video: Six Bodies Found As Thai Navy Continues Its Search For Missing Sailors
About 23 sailors are still missing, a navy spokesperson informed.
Two planes, helicopters, and four vessels – the HTMS Kraburi, HTMS Naresuan, HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, and HTMS Angthong – continued looking for the survivors on Tuesday.
The bodies of four individuals could eventually be recovered, the Royal Thai Navy’s commander-in-chief, Choengchai Chomchoengpaet, informed at a press conference held in Bangkok.
The navy revised the toll upward to six dead.
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Earlier on Tuesday, Pichai Lorchusakul, the naval commander, confirmed that rescuers could find and are in good health from Loei province, Chananyu Gansriya (23).
Efforts to find the missing crew were focused on aerial searches, with the Royal Thai air force aiding this mission, which strong winds have severely impacted.
Pichai Lorchusakul, the regional navy’s commander, informed that finding men on Tuesday would be essential given the time they had been consistently exposed to the vital elements.
Life jacket, floating technique, and life buoy allow 48 hours to save lives, he explained late Monday.
The boat was loaded with 105 sailors. The navy had at first reported that 106 people had been on the vessel, but on Tuesday, it revised the figure.
One of the survivors was discovered late Monday in the waters of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. He had been floating for 10 hours.
HTMS Krabi and 176 strong crew members have reportedly joined the HTMS Naresuan, HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, and HTMS Angthong. They will scan approximately a stretch of 48km by 48km up to upper Chumporwill from Prachuab.
The HTMS Angthong is functional as the command centre for the search while the HTMS Bhumibol is on a 24-hour patrol for the investigation, the navy posted on its Facebook profile on Tuesday.
Though military incidents, often associated with aircraft, are not rare in Thailand, incidents that involve navy vessels have been rare.
The minor military warship, the corvette, is strongly believed to have run into issues after the electronics system was impaired, per the navy.
A spokesperson added that the vessel’s operating systems stopped, causing the ship to lose all control.
Most of southern Thailand has been strongly hit by flooding and storms recently.
A warning from the Thai meteorological office was in place on Tuesday, with solid and rough winds resulting in harsh conditions in the Gulf of Thailand, asking seafarers to proceed carefully and small vessels to remain ashore.
The HTMS Sukhothai was reportedly commissioned in 1987 and manufactured in the US by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Company, per the US Naval Institute.
References: BBC, CNA