US News Heartbreaking scenes described in Thai boat sinking as death toll rises to 38

18:20  07 july  2018
18:20  07 july  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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a group of people in a small boat in a body of water © Vincent Thian / AP

PHUKET, Thailand — Divers who entered the wreck of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, as the search continued Saturday for 18 mostly Chinese tourists missing in a disaster that has left dozens dead.

The death toll from Thursday's tragedy climbed to 38, in Thailand's biggest tourist-related disaster in years. It was not clear how many of the dead and missing were Chinese. The previous announced death toll was 33, with authorities saying all of those victims were Chinese.

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The death toll from the boat accident off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket has risen to 38 , after five more bodies were recovered Saturday. Divers described heartbreaking scenes from the wreck of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers.

The Thai authorities have provided conflicting information regarding the total number of people who were on the two boats and a jet ski that sank on Thursday afternoon in rough seas. Thai rescue personnel respond to the scene off the coast of Phuket. Thailand is in the middle of monsoon season

"It's very difficult to see ... it's traumatic, it's tragic but the best thing to do, our job as divers, is to bring back the bodies to their families," diver Philip Entremont told reporters before resuming the search Saturday.

A Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan © Reuters A Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

The boat, with 105 people, including 93 tourists, capsized and sank after it was hit by 5-meter (16-foot) waves.

The death toll jumped Friday after the navy sent divers to the wreck. In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas.

Phuket Gov. Norraphat Plodthong announced at a news conference on Saturday afternoon that the death toll had climbed further, to 38, with 18 missing.

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Divers who entered the wreck of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, as the search continued on Saturday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The death toll from the sinking of a tourist boat off Thailand 's Phuket island rose to 27 on Friday as rescue efforts It went down about 7-kms (5 miles) from the shore and had sunk to a depth of about 38 -40 meters (yards), the Royal Thai Marine Corps said in a statement earlier.

Thai Rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan © Reuters Thai Rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of Thailand's military government, expressed his "sympathies and deepest condolences" to the families of the dead. The government will "exert all efforts to find those still missing and provide support to all survivors of this tragic event," he said in a statement.

Reports in Thai media said police charged the owner and captain of the stricken ship with carelessness causing death and injury.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all-out search and rescue efforts, telling the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese diplomats in Thailand to take greater measures, and also urging Thai authorities to spare no efforts.

A Thai Royal Navy boat is seen during a searching operation for missing passengers of a capsized tourist boat at a pier in Phuket Thailand, July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan © Reuters A Thai Royal Navy boat is seen during a searching operation for missing passengers of a capsized tourist boat at a pier in Phuket Thailand, July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

Chinese Ambassador Lyu Jian had an "emergency conversation" by phone with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement. It quoted the envoy calling on Thailand to quickly mobilize an intensive search for the missing and "to tend and make appropriate arrangements for the rescued Chinese tourists, treat and cure the injured and receive family members of the Chinese tourists involved."

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Thai divers have scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists on board that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing. Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket

Lyu said it hoped the cause of the capsizing would be quickly ascertained and asked Somkid to have the relevant Thai agencies closely cooperate with China on the matter.

Fatal accidents among foreign tourists at Thai beaches are not unusual, but normally involve drownings in unsafe swimming areas or accidents involving smaller boats.

a person standing on a boat © Vincent Thian / AP

Thai officials were rushing to cope with some of the logistics of the aftermath of the sinking.

At the request of Phuket's governor, the Phuket Tourist Association was seeking 80 volunteer Chinese language translators to assist the outgoing Chinese passengers at the provincial airport.

a group of people looking at each other © Vincent Thian / AP

Many of the victims had been on group tours, booked in Phuket and China.

The government of the eastern Chinese city of Haining in Zhejiang province said on its official microblog account that it received a distress alert sent by phone text message from the head of the Haining Haipai Furniture Co. Ltd., from Thailand Friday morning.

a large ship in a body of water © Vincent Thian / AP

It said that 37 of the furniture company's employees and family members had traveled together to Phuket and that on July 5 at around 5 p.m. they encountered the "biggest storm in five years" and they sought the government's help. The group had booked their tours to the islands online on their own, said the posting.

A Chinese tour operator based in the central province of Hunan said on its official Sina Weibo account that three travelers it had booked were missing.

Lazy Cat Travel said it had sent personnel to Phuket to help out its clients, who also included 35 passengers who had to be rescued from another boat that it had chartered that ran into trouble on Thursday. It said that second boat had lost power after being swamped by waves. All on board were returned safely to shore.

The accidents came as rescuers, also led by Thai navy divers, support 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded nearly two weeks inside a flooded cave in the country's far north, and try to determine how and when to extract them.

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