Officials said 76 people had been rescued, five were found dead and 24 were still missing.
Rescuers found one more survivor and retrieved five bodies from a Thai warship sunk over the weekend in the Gulf of Thailand, navy officials said, as hopes of finding the two dozen still missing were fading.
HTMS Sukhothai, an corvette in service for 35 years, sank Sunday night in rough seas with 105 people on board. Officials have acknowledged that there are not enough life jackets for everyone on board.
The Navy said the previous figure of 106 people on board was incorrect because one sailor was not on the voyage.
Navy commander Admiral Cherngchai Chomcherngpat initially said at a press conference in Bangkok that two people had been rescued Tuesday, but later said he had received updates that only one had survived. and five bodies were found.
According to those numbers, 76 people have now been rescued, 5 have been found dead, and 24 have yet to be found.
The most recent survivor, identified as Chananyu Kansriya, was found floating in the sea around 2pm local time (07:00 GMT) on Tuesday and was picked up by a passing cargo ship, according to the report. Navy’s rescue coordination center at Bangsaphan in Prachuap. Khiri Khan province, near the scene of the accident. A naval destroyer is bringing him back to shore.
Vice Admiral Pichai Lorchusakul, commander of Naval Region 1 Command, told reporters that Chananyu was in a weak condition and would receive medical treatment aboard the frigate, which has facilities like a one mobile hospital.
He was quoted by Thai Rath newspaper as saying that search efforts had been accelerated, but the missing people could not survive at sea for longer than two days.
The Navy deployed four large ships, two maritime patrol aircraft, two helicopters and one drone, and the air force contributed one plane and one helicopter. Navy officials said small boats could not be used because the sea was still very rough.
Captain Kraipich Korawee-Paparwit, commander of one of the rescue boats, told Thai broadcaster PBS that the search was slowly moving south to look at currents.
Strong winds and high waves caused seawater to flood the ship on Sunday night, knocking out the electrical system and making it virtually impossible to steer the ship. Other naval ships rushed to the scene, some 32 kilometers (20 miles) offshore, to assist the ship in distress, but were unable to do much due to poor sea conditions. Due to lack of control, more water overflowed, causing the ship to be paralyzed and sink.
The Meteorological Department of Thailand issued a general weather advisory for the area just hours before the crash, saying that waves in the Gulf of Thailand were expected to be 2 to 4 meters (7-14 feet) high. feet). It recommended all ships “conduct with caution” and warned small vessels not to set sail until Tuesday.
Survivors interviewed by Thai television said there were not enough life jackets because the ship was carrying passengers other than its normal crew, which the navy’s website said were 87 sailors and officers.
Navy Commander Cherngchai confirmed there were not enough life jackets on board in comments on PPTV.
“This operation, they added personnel from the Marines and the Coast Guard and Air Defense Command, about 30 people. This is why I don’t think there are enough life jackets,” he said.