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More than 100 sailors are left stranded as a Thai navy ship sinks

More than 100 sailors are left stranded as a Thai navy ship sinks

More than 100 sailors needed to be rescued when a Thai naval ship sank in the Gulf of Thailand on Sunday night due to a storm.

After the HTMAS Sukhotai went down, authorities reported that there were still 28 sailors missing in the water on Monday.

Three crew members are in serious condition, but there have been no confirmed fatalities.

According to officials, the ship sank after absorbing water, which flooded its hull and short-circuited its power room.

The crew fought to maintain control of the ship after the power went out, but it leaned to one side before sinking at 23:30 local time on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

The ship was trapped in the storm on Sunday as it was on patrol in waters 32 kilometers (20 miles) off the coast of Bang Saphan district in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Dramatic images shared by the Thai Navy on Twitter show the ship listing to its starboard side and backup rescue ships searching the turbulent waters for survivors.

Only the frigate HTMAS Kraburi managed to reach the ship before it sank out of the three navy ships and helicopters that were dispatched to help. The navy said that 78 of the 106 sailors aboard the Sukhotai were saved by the ship.

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The other 28 soldiers, three of whom were in serious condition, were still being retrieved, according to the navy.

It’s uncertain if all of them have been found. 28 of the 106 crew members were still “in the water” as of Monday morning, according to a statement from the navy.

According to the authorities, the crew was still being sought after the next morning.

Pictures of medical professionals at the dock escorting crew members off in stretchers have been released in local media.

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