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24 Thai marines missing: Sinking warship didn't have enough life jackets

Of 105 Thai marines on board, 76 have been rescued and five bodies recovered so far. When the warship was sinking, a sailor managed to call his mother on phone to say it was going down and there was no life jacket available for him. He is among those missing.

BANGKOK, Dec 21: There is little hope the 24 Thai marines still missing after their Sukhothai warship suffered an engine malfunction and went down on Sunday night in rough weather will survive.

Soon after the corvette had sunk in the Gulf of Thailand 20 nautical miles off the coast overnight in bad weather, a rescue mission saved 75 of the 105 who were on board. The navy said the earlier reported figure of 106 on board was incorrect because one sailor had failed to board.

The military mobilised five planes, six helicopters and four warships on Monday to look for the 30 marines who were missing. Those missing had abandoned the sinking ship without life jackets in the rough seas.

Officials acknowledged there were not enough life jackets for all those aboard, according to an AFP report. Survivors also told Thai television not all got the jackets. Besides, the mother of one of the sailors had told her on phone when the ship was going down that there was no life jacket available for him. He is among those missing.

The US-built HTMS Sukhothai had tilted to one side lashed by four-metre waves and strong winds in bad weather and was soon flooded with seawater and went down offshore Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

By Tuesday five bodies were recovered and one more marine was rescued. Twenty four are still unaccounted for. Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Chonlathis Navanugraha said the survivor and the five bodies, along with some debris, were found about 37 miles from where the ship sank. The survivor was identified as Chananyu Kansriya. He was found floating on Tuesday afternoon by a passing cargo ship.

The search area has now been expanded to 40 sq km. The navy ruled out survival beyond two days in the water without aid. Relatives of those missing are still waiting on the shore in the hope that their loved ones will return.

The navy expressed concern that the fuel from the ship could spill into the Gulf of Thailand. Therefore, efforts are being made to salvage the corvette quickly, it said. The warship had been in service since 1987.

Thailand's Meteorological Department had warned all ships before the mishap of rough weather and 7-14 feet high waves, and not to venture out.


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