Friday, July 06, 2018

At least one dead, 53 missing in Thailand boats overturn

Thailand boats overturn
Thai rescuers have recovered the body of one tourist and are looking for another 53 people who went missing after two boats overturned off Phuket province on Thursday, according to local media.

Among the missing, 50 people are Chinese nationals.

Chinese broadcaster CCTV said the tourist whose body was retrieved from water belongs to a Chinese tourist, without elaborating.

The two boats, carrying a total of 127 Chinese tourists, including a 36-member tour group from east China's Zhejiang Province capsized on Thursday afternoon in rough seas.

The Thai maritime department said 76 Chinese tourists have been rescued so far and the injured are receiving treatment in hospital.

The Thai navy will arrange a helicopter to assist the rescue operations on Friday morning.

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