Rescuers are combing islands and beaches in the search for fourteen people, most of them Chinese tourists, who are still missing after their boat sunk off the coast of Phuket on Thursday, July 5.
The Third Region Navy commander, Somnuek Prempramote, said on Sunday that the operation to locate the missing persons hd been simultaneously conducted on land and at sea. He added the search areas were between Koh Yao and Koh Phi Phi in Andaman Sea. Security authorities currently check all islands and beaches. The covered areas are in Krabi, Phuket and Phangnga.
The victims were among 105 passengers and crew members onboard Phoenix dive boat which capsized in rough seas and violent storm on Thursday. So far, 49 people have been rescued and 42 bodies have been recovered.