The Thailand Navy confirmed on Monday the death of 18 people as a result of wreck of a warshipwhile search and rescue teams entered the eighth day of work to locate eleven crew who remain missing.
The Navy informed through its social networks that, of the 18 fatalities left by the sinking of the military ship HTMS Sukhothaiten of them have already been identified, while eight corpses have been subjected to forensic tests to confirm their identities.
The HTMS Sukhothaia corvette ship, was wrecked on the night of the past December 18 th to some 37 kilometers from the coast of the Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, southwest of Bangkok, with 105 crew on board and after being hit by a strong storm, caused the entry of water into the engine room and power outages.
The crew tried to pump out the incoming water, but the flow was too high, sinking the ship, which is now at 40 meters deep.
The area defined for the search is 30 by 30 nautical miles (55 km) and it was seen, from time to time, difficult given the bad weather conditionswhich included a rough sea, with three meter high waves. “The difficulty of the rescue mission lies in the fact that there is a lot of wind and waves,” the commander of the Navy, Pichai Lorchusakul, mentioned days ago.
A total of eleven sailors are still missingTherefore, the relief groups have entered the eighth day of intense searches in the region this Monday, with a team that includes specialized agents, divers, sniffer dogs, volunteers and vehicles such as boats, drones and helicopters.
Of the 105 crew who were on board the ship at the time of the accident -whose causes are being investigated- 58 have been rescued without major injuries and 18 had to be admitted to hospitals in the region and are recovering.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the ship did not have enough life jackets for all passengers, while doubts have arisen about the navigability conditions of the ship, which supposedly had a review pending on the hull maintenance.
These factors led the opposition to announce that it will present a urgent motion for a debate on the incident in Parliament and ask for the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha resignsas Minister of Defense, a position he exercises simultaneously, to “demonstrate his responsibility.”
The Sukhothai was commissioned in 1987 and built in the United States by the now-defunct Tacoma Boatbuilding Company, according to the United States Naval Institute.
(With information from EFE)