Posted on July 06, 2018 by Hannah Berry

21 people have now died after a yacht, a diving boat and a jet ski sank near the Thai holiday island of Phuket on the 5th July as the island was hit by severe weather conditions.

Divers have already reported sight of multiple bodies inside the hull of the sunken Phoenix tourist vessel, which was reported to have 105 people on board at the time of the tragedy.

Phuket provincial rescue centre have said that all 41 people onboard the yacht have been rescued and the two Russian nationals who were riding the jet ski are also reported as being safe.

Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrasee of the Thai navy is leading the search for those who remain missing, as efforts are now being concentrated on the wreckage of the phoenix diving boat which was returning from a day trip to Phuket when it was caught in rough seas.

It is believed that the vessel is now resting 40 meters below the surface of the Andaman Sea and a few kilometres off the coast of Koh He. A helicopter is assisting with the rescue and is scanning the water for survivors.

Initial reports have said that an investigation has been launched into why the boat had been on a day trip when a weather warning had been issued for the area.

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