Thailand warship: Death toll from sinking of HTMS Sukhothai rises to 18

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s navy mentioned Sunday that the dying toll from the sinking of one in every of its warships earlier within the week had risen to 18.

The HTMS Sukhothai sank in extreme climate early Monday, leaving dozens of its crew lacking in stormy seas within the Gulf of Thailand.

11 officers stay lacking, the Royal Thai Navy mentioned in an replace Sunday. Of the 105 on board the ship on the time of the catastrophe, 76 have been rescued.

The ship was carrying 30 extra individuals than ordinary on the time of its sinking, and there weren’t sufficient life jackets for all of them, the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy Adm. Cherngchai Chomcherngpat mentioned Tuesday.

The additional officers had been aboard as a result of the ship was participating in a salute to the founding father of the Thai navy, Cherngchai mentioned. The crew had been “fully aware about the problem of not having enough life jackets for 30 additional officers. They tried to use other tools which could save the lives of officers who didn’t have life jackets,” Cherngchai added.

A few of these with out life jackets tried to flee on inflatable rafts, a few of which had been saved aboard the HTMS Sukhothai and a few of which had been dropped by rescue helicopters and different ships.

“With or without life jacket (it) doesn’t affect the odds of surviving,” the admiral mentioned.

He mentioned the ship sank after seawater entered and disabled its energy methods.

Waves had been between 3 and 4 meters (10 toes to 13 toes) excessive on the time and the water temperature was about 29 levels Celsius (84 levels Fahrenheit).

Water entered the entrance portion of the 252-foot (76.8-meter) lengthy warship round 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Cherngchai mentioned.

The flooding continued for greater than three hours, finally disabling the ship’s engine and electrical methods and dooming efforts to pump it out.

Rescue groups in helicopters tried to decrease water pumps to the ship however the efforts had been thwarted because the vessel started to tilt closely.

The admiral dismissed a suggestion that the just about 40-year-old ship may not have been in correct form to deal with the excessive seas, saying it had been upgraded a number of instances lately.