Two More Missing Royal Thai Navy Sailors Identified, Five Still Missing, Death Toll Rises to 24

Prachuap Khiri Khan –

Two more bodies of navy officers who had gone missing were identified. Five of them are still missing and the death toll rose to 24.

Our first previous story:

A Royal Thai Navy ship capsized off of the Bang Saphan district. 73 crew members have been rescued while approximately 33 are still in the sea.

Now for the update:

The Royal Thai Navy has announced this morning (December 29th) at 11:30 A.M. that they have identified two more bodies which were found yesterday (December 28th) . Their bodies are now identified. None of the bodies were found today until 11:30 A.M..

This brings the total death toll to 24, while 5 are still missing. 22 of the 24 are positively identified as crewmen of the HTMS Sukhothai. Search and rescue efforts are underway.

The Royal Thai Navy reports no bodies were found in the search at the sunken corvette HTMS Sukhothai which is still underwater at this stage.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.