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21 Dead, Dozens Missing as Tourist Boat Sinks in Thailand

World | Associated Press | July 6, 2018, 3:28 pm
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 Divers scoured the wreckage Friday of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off Thailand's southern resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 21 with about 35 others missing, officials said. (Image: AP)

Divers scoured the wreckage Friday of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off Thailand's southern resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 21 with about 35 others missing, officials said. (Image: AP)

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 Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket, where authorities had already confirmed the death of another Chinese man. The nationalities of the others killed were not immediately known. (Image: AP)

Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket, where authorities had already confirmed the death of another Chinese man. The nationalities of the others killed were not immediately known. (Image: AP)

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 Some of the bodies were found by divers who entered the wreck on Friday (July 06) and others were floating in the water, said navy official Narong Aurabhakdi. (Image: AP)

Some of the bodies were found by divers who entered the wreck on Friday (July 06) and others were floating in the water, said navy official Narong Aurabhakdi. (Image: AP)

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 The boat was carrying 105 people, including 93 tourists, 11 crew and one tour guide when it toppled in 5-meter (16-foot) -high waves on Thursday evening. At least 12 of the injured were hospitalized. (Image: AP)

The boat was carrying 105 people, including 93 tourists, 11 crew and one tour guide when it toppled in 5-meter (16-foot) -high waves on Thursday evening. At least 12 of the injured were hospitalized. (Image: AP)

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 Another boat also overturned off Phuket on Thursday (July 05) afternoon, but all 42 on board were rescued. (Image: AP)

Another boat also overturned off Phuket on Thursday (July 05) afternoon, but all 42 on board were rescued. (Image: AP)

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 The accidents came as rescuers, also led by Thai navy divers, struggle to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in the country's far north, where they've been trapped since June 23. (Image: AP)

The accidents came as rescuers, also led by Thai navy divers, struggle to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in the country's far north, where they've been trapped since June 23. (Image: AP)

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 As the seas calmed Friday, divers were transporting the bodies of the dead, including at least one child, from smaller boats to a larger ship taking part in the search effort. (Image: AP)

As the seas calmed Friday, divers were transporting the bodies of the dead, including at least one child, from smaller boats to a larger ship taking part in the search effort. (Image: AP)

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 Thai PBS television reported late Thursday that weather had forced 12 boats with 263 passengers in all to stay docked at Racha island, a popular diving spot about an hour's boat ride from Phuket. (Image: AP)

Thai PBS television reported late Thursday that weather had forced 12 boats with 263 passengers in all to stay docked at Racha island, a popular diving spot about an hour's boat ride from Phuket. (Image: AP)

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 Rescued tourists from a boat that sank gather on a pier on the island of Phuket. (Image: AP)

Rescued tourists from a boat that sank gather on a pier on the island of Phuket. (Image: AP)

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 Rescued tourists from a boat that sank are helped onto a pier on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. (Image: AP)

Rescued tourists from a boat that sank are helped onto a pier on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. (Image: AP)

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 Divers on a rubber raft retrieve a body during a search operation in the water off Phuket. (Image: AP)

Divers on a rubber raft retrieve a body during a search operation in the water off Phuket. (Image: AP)

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 Rescued tourists from a boat that sank are helped onto a pier from a fishing boat on the island of Phuket. (Image: AP)

Rescued tourists from a boat that sank are helped onto a pier from a fishing boat on the island of Phuket. (Image: AP)

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 Rescued tourists from a boat that sank rest on a pier on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. (Image: AP)

Rescued tourists from a boat that sank rest on a pier on the island of Phuket, southern Thailand. (Image: AP)

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