Boat toll likely 60

The Sunday Times - - World - BANGKOK

THAI res­cuers have de­ployed heli­copters to search for 23 peo­ple miss­ing af­ter a boat car­ry­ing Chi­nese tourists sank, with an of­fi­cial say­ing he feared “no chance” of any more sur­vivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead.

The toll from the ac­ci­dent off Phuket stood at 33 yes­ter­day but the navy said “quite a few bod­ies” were spot­ted in the sunken ves­sel, the Phoenix. The boat cap­sized on Thurs­day with 105 peo­ple on board.

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