Thai naval ship sinks, seafarers rescue in water underway

A Thai Navy ship has sunk in the Gulf of Thailand and ships and helicopters were deployed Monday to rescue seafarers from the water.

As of mid-morning, 75 sailors had been rescued and 31 were still in the water, the Navy said.

Strong winds blew seawater on the corvette HTMS Sukhothai, destroying her electrical system on Sunday evening. The Royal Thai Navy dispatched three frigates and two helicopters with mobile pumping machines to try to help the wrecked ship by clearing the seawater, but was unable to do so due to strong winds.

The power outage allowed more seawater to flow into the ship, causing it to list and sink.

It happened while the warship was patrolling at sea 20 miles from the pier in Bangsaphan district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

While northern and central Thailand are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the year, storms and flooding have hit the far south of Thailand in recent days. Ships were told to stay ashore. Thai naval ship sinks, seafarers rescue in water underway


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