A deliverance operation is underway after the Thai cortege reported nearly three dozen mariners went missing when one of its warships overturned in Thailand waters on Sunday night.
The warship, which carried further than 100 crew members, overturned and sank after water swamped its power controls Sunday during a storm in the Gulf of Thailand.
As of Monday, 75 mariners from the HTMS Sukhothai corvette had been saved and 31 were still missing, the cortege said. The high swells that caused the accident had lessened since Sunday night’s sinking, but were still high enough to jeopardize small boats, the cortege said.
Footage participated by the cortege on Twitter showed crew members wrapped in robes and entering treatment after they had been saved. Some were being airlifted to hospital.
Other images showed Mariners from the warship in a life raft, having jumped from the sinking vessel.
A saved crew member canvassed by Thai PBS TV said he’d to float in the ocean for three hours before he was saved. He said the boat was buffeted by swells 10 bases high as it was sinking Sunday night, complicating deliverance sweats.
“ The swells are still high and we can not search for them from the vertical line. We’ve to fly the copters and search for them from a raspberry’s eye view rather, ” cortege spokesperson Pokkrong Monthatphalin told Thai PBS.