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Tourist boat sinks in Phuket

Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank, with one official saying he feared "no chance" of any more survivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead.

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Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese...more

Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank, with one official saying he feared "no chance" of any more survivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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A rescued tourist is attended by rescue personnel. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at 33, provincial governor Noraphat Plodthong said, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the sunken vessel, the Phoenix.

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A rescued tourist is attended by rescue personnel. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at 33, provincial governor Noraphat Plodthong said, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the...more

A rescued tourist is attended by rescue personnel. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at 33, provincial governor Noraphat Plodthong said, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the sunken vessel, the Phoenix. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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Rescued people sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized off the tourist island of Phuket. The boat capsized in rough seas on Thursday with 105 people on board, 93 of them Chinese tourists along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides.

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Rescued people sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized off the tourist island of Phuket. The boat capsized in rough seas on Thursday with 105 people on board, 93 of them Chinese tourists along with 12 Thai crew and tour...more

Rescued people sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized off the tourist island of Phuket. The boat capsized in rough seas on Thursday with 105 people on board, 93 of them Chinese tourists along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides. REUTERS via Reuters TV
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Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Television broadcast images of dozens of divers searching for the missing, while more rescuers waited on standby at a pier nearby. Seas were calm and skies clear on Friday. The Marine Police said rescue teams were diving to a depth of about 40 meters (130 feet).

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Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Television broadcast images of dozens of divers searching for the missing, while more rescuers waited on standby at a pier nearby. Seas were calm and skies clear on Friday. The Marine Police said...more

Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Television broadcast images of dozens of divers searching for the missing, while more rescuers waited on standby at a pier nearby. Seas were calm and skies clear on Friday. The Marine Police said rescue teams were diving to a depth of about 40 meters (130 feet). REUTERS via Reuters TV
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A rescued woman wearing a life jacket hugs a man. A Marine Department official said there was probably "no chance" any more survivors could be found from inside the boat. "A day and a night have passed," said the department's deputy director-general, Kritpetch Chaichuay.

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A rescued woman wearing a life jacket hugs a man. A Marine Department official said there was probably "no chance" any more survivors could be found from inside the boat. "A day and a night have passed," said the department's deputy director-general,...more

A rescued woman wearing a life jacket hugs a man. A Marine Department official said there was probably "no chance" any more survivors could be found from inside the boat. "A day and a night have passed," said the department's deputy director-general, Kritpetch Chaichuay. REUTERS via Reuters TV
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Rescued tourists are attended by medical personnel. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to October and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas, especially on its west coast, on the Indian Ocean, where Phuket is located. Police are investigating the incident. The boat, which went down about 7 km (5 miles) from shore, was properly registered and had not been overloaded, police said.

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Rescued tourists are attended by medical personnel. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to October and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas, especially on its west coast, on the Indian...more

Rescued tourists are attended by medical personnel. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to October and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas, especially on its west coast, on the Indian Ocean, where Phuket is located. Police are investigating the incident. The boat, which went down about 7 km (5 miles) from shore, was properly registered and had not been overloaded, police said. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Tour operators had been warned about the severe weather, Tourist Police bureau deputy chief, Major General Surachate Hakparn, said. "Be careful ... nature is not a joke," Surachate wrote on Facebook. "The Tourist Police warned businesses in Phuket already to not take boats out from shore, but they violated this order by taking foreign tourists out," he said.

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Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Tour operators had been warned about the severe weather, Tourist Police bureau deputy chief, Major General Surachate Hakparn, said. "Be careful ... nature is not a joke," Surachate wrote on Facebook....more

Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher. Tour operators had been warned about the severe weather, Tourist Police bureau deputy chief, Major General Surachate Hakparn, said. "Be careful ... nature is not a joke," Surachate wrote on Facebook. "The Tourist Police warned businesses in Phuket already to not take boats out from shore, but they violated this order by taking foreign tourists out," he said. REUTERS via Reuters TV
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A Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in Phuket. A representative of the operator of the boat, TC Blue Dream, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

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A Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in Phuket. A representative of the operator of the boat, TC Blue Dream, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. REUTERS/Sooppharoek...more

A Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in Phuket. A representative of the operator of the boat, TC Blue Dream, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. Thailand has a poor record on road and boat safety. Many tour operators have complained about lax enforcement of basic safety measures, such as seatbelts in cars and lifejackets on boats.

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Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. Thailand has a poor record on road and boat safety. Many tour operators have complained about lax enforcement of basic safety measures, such as seatbelts in cars and lifejackets on...more

Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. Thailand has a poor record on road and boat safety. Many tour operators have complained about lax enforcement of basic safety measures, such as seatbelts in cars and lifejackets on boats. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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A rescued tourist is helped by rescue workers after a boat he was travelling in capsized. Another boat sailing in the same area capsized on Thursday but all 35 tourists, five crew and a guide on board were rescued, the Water Safety Department of the Harbour Department said.

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A rescued tourist is helped by rescue workers after a boat he was travelling in capsized. Another boat sailing in the same area capsized on Thursday but all 35 tourists, five crew and a guide on board were rescued, the Water Safety Department of the...more

A rescued tourist is helped by rescue workers after a boat he was travelling in capsized. Another boat sailing in the same area capsized on Thursday but all 35 tourists, five crew and a guide on board were rescued, the Water Safety Department of the Harbour Department said. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

Thai rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan
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Rescued people in life jackets sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized. REUTERS via Reuters TV

Rescued people in life jackets sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized. REUTERS via Reuters TV

Rescued people in life jackets sit on a fishing boat after a boat they were travelling in capsized. REUTERS via Reuters TV
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