Posted on July 13, 2018 by Hannah Berry
Thai police have suspended efforts to salvage the remains of The Phoenix tourist boat which sank last Thursday off the coast of Phuket after currents in the area were deemed too rough and the position of the boat was inaccessible due to the current weather conditions.
As previously reported by ARX Maritime 21 people died after a yacht, a diving boat and a jet ski sank near the Thai holiday island Phuket after the area was hit by severe weather conditions. The death toll has now risen to 46.
Rear Admiral Chareonpol Kumrasee, has said that divers will resume their salvage operation once weather conditions in the area improve and attempt to retrieve the remaining body trapped in the wreckage.
Initial investigations into the cause of the tragedy questioned why the boat set sail despite the bad weather and the captain of the Phoenix has now been charged with negligence causing death. However, he has denied the charges.
The tragedy has led to a decrease in hotel bookings as Thai tourism official Pongpanu Svetarundra has said that 10 to 15 percent of advance hotel bookings in Phuket have now been cancelled.
Two other boats also capsized in a similar area last week as the monsoon season continues to plague the region. However, all passengers were successfully rescued and brought to shore.