Bang Saphan (Thailand), 19/12/2022.- A handout photo made available by the Royal Thai Navy shows Thai rescue workers carry members of the Royal Thai Navy Sukhothai crew into an airplane as the rescue action continues in the Gulf of Thailand, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand, 19 December 2022 (issued 20 December 2022). The Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS Sukhothai, carrying over 100 crew, capsized and sank in rough seas in the Gulf of Thailand on late 18 December night. Authorities rescued most of the crew and a search for 24 missing sailors continued which currently has been found 4 deaths on 20 December, Thai Navy chief Cherngchai Chomcherngpat said at a press conference. (Tailandia) EFE/EPA/THE ROYAL THAI NAVY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Five crew members found dead after Thai warship sinking

Bangkok, Dec 20 (EFE).- Rescue teams have retrieved the bodies of five crew members of a Thai navy warship that sank over the weekend in the Gulf of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy said Tuesday.

One sailor was also found alive, Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy Choengchai Chomchoengpaet said.

At a press conference, he said that four sailors were found dead and two were rescued alive, but that one of them had later died.

The authorities are still working to locate 24 missing crew members after the HTMS Sukhothai warship capsized two days ago.

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The corvette ship was carrying 105 people when it capsized shortly before midnight on Sunday off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southwest of Bangkok, during a storm that caused water to enter the engine room.

Lifeguards managed to rescue 75 people shortly after the vessel capsized, while another crew member was found alive on Monday floating in the sea thanks to their life jacket, authorities reported.

Preliminary reports said the ship had tilted on its side during the storm, causing water to enter an exhaust pipe and cutting the power to both the main and auxiliary engines.

The bailing system was also disabled, causing the crew to lose the vessel’s control, the provisional report said, adding that authorities hoped to gather more information to determine what happened.

Another navy ship, the HTMS Kraburi, was the first to arrive at the scene of the incident to rescue some of the crew, some of whom sustained injuries.

This is the first sinking of a Thai warship since World War II when the HTMS Samui sank near Malaysia after being torpedoed by a US submarine, killing 31 sailors, the navy statement added.EFE