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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Over 100 Thai Sailors Stranded After Navy Ship Sinks

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Three Warships and two helicopters were assigned to rescue the sailors after their ship sank in the turbulent waters of the Gulf of Thailand on Sunday.

According to authorities, 28 sailors in critical condition were still stranded in the choppy waters on Monday, after the HTMS Sukhothai sank the night before.

No deaths have been reported so far but three crew members were said to be in a critical condition. The navy informed that 78 sailors of the 106 on board have been rescued so far.

An engine malfunction on the ship is believed to have been the cause of the accident after a flooded hull caused a short circuit in the power room.

The crew of the HTMS Sukhothai tried their best to navigate the ship without power, however, it went down just before midnight, 22 nautical miles from the coast of Bang Saphan district, in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Navy personnel have been working through the night to locate the missing sailors and a medical team has been stationed at the dock to transport the rescued crew on stretchers.

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