Of the 106 sailors aboard the corvette, 75 people were evacuated.
Rescuers continue to search for sailors from the Thai Navy corvette Sukhothai that sank during a storm. More than twenty people are currently missing.
The tragedy occurred shortly before midnight on Sunday: the Royal Navy corvette was caught in a severe storm in the Gulf of Thailand. According to eyewitnesses, at some point the ship tilted strongly and collected water on board, after which a short circuit occurred and the ship lost power.
The sailors’ struggle for the corvette’s buoyancy was unsuccessful and the ship sank. The situation was complicated by the fact that, in addition to the regular crew, there were sailors on the ship who were sent to take part in the celebration on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Thai fleet Apakon Kyantiwong, but the ship was not equipped with additional life jackets.
Helicopters from three Navy ships were urgently dispatched to help the ship in distress, only one of which managed to reach the crash site before the Sukhothai was completely submerged.
Of the 106 sailors aboard the corvette, 75 people were evacuated. Rescuers later found six dead and one survivor. The rest are listed as missing.
“This has almost never happened in the history of our forces, especially with a ship that was in active service,” said Admiral Pogkrong Monthardpalin, a spokesman for the Thai navy.