Pukhet - Up to fifty Chinese tourists are missing while 17 were confirmed dead after three ships carrying over 150 people capsized off Phuket, Thailand. According to a statement by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Songkhla, the ships capsized on July 5 due to inclement weather conditions off the island. Relevant authorities were immediately sent to undertake a search and rescue mission. The officials informed that as of 9 am local time on July 6, 53 people were still missing, while over 94 were rescued. Eleven of these were transferred to a hospital for treatment. Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions.
(Source: Maritime World News)