BANGKOK, July 6 2018 : Forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand’s tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said yesterday.
Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions.
“They were all wearing life jackets,” he added.
The boat was one of three to encounter difficulties at sea in the area yesterday, the navy said. Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.
Rescuers found the boys after 10 days and a multinational rescue operation to extract the boys is still ongoing.
Road and boat accidents involving tourists are common in Thailand, where safety standards are sometimes well below international norms.
However, accidents barely make a dent on Thailand’s tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster economy. – Reuters