Thailand navy ship capsizes, leaving over 100 sailors stranding

A Thailand navy ship capsized in the middle of a storm in the Gulf of Thailand.

The disaster was said to have left over 100 sailors stranding. This happened on Sunday around 23:30 local time.

Officials reported that the ship- HTMS Sukhothai went down after it took on water, flooding its hull and cutting off its power. The loss of power made way for more seawater to flow into the vessel, causing it to sink. After the crew battled to rescue the ship which was listed on its side.

The incident occurred when the Thailand navy ship had been on a patrol in waters just 32km off the coast of Bang Saphan district, in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

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Meanwhile, three naval ships and helicopters were sent to help, but only the warship- HTMAS Kraburi reached the vessel before it sank.
The navy said that the warship rescued 78 of the 106 sailors on board the Sukhothai.

It is not still clear if they have all been seen. As of Monday morning, there were still 28 of the 106 crew “in the water” – the navy said in a statement.

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Also, ships have been warned to stay ashore as Thailand has been experiencing storms and floods recently.

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