31 crew members missing after Thai warship sinks

A massive rescue operation involving warships and helicopters has been launched in search of the crew members of HTMS Sukhothai warship which sank at around 11:30 p.m. (1630GMT Monday) on Sunday, off Prachuap Khiri Khan province, south of the capital Bangkok.

Royal Thai Navy said “strong wind waves” are causing a disturbance in the rescue operation.

The corvette had suffered a power failure and subsequent flooding before it sank, some 20 nautical miles (37 nautical kilometers) off the coast of the Bang Saphan district in the central Thai province.

The navy said water had “flown into the electrical system” causing electricity outages and “major machines stopped working.”

It added that 75 crew members were rescued of whom 11 are being treated while a search for another 31 is still going on.

Source: Anadolu Agency