35 sailors on board are missing after a warship of the country sank in the Gulf of Thailand. A sailor was rescued alive on Tuesday after spending two nights at sea, news agency AFP reported.

The rescue has given new hope to the families of the remaining missing sailors.

A total of 76 sailors have so far been rescued from the sea after the HTMS Sukhothai capsized late Sunday night about 37 kilometers off the country’s southeast coast.

Rescuers aboard helicopters, two planes and four ships — HTMS Kraburi, HTMS Angthong, HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej — were scanning rough seas for the 29 missing sailors, the navy said.

Naval Commander Pichai Lorchusakul confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that they had found one survivor ‘in good health’. He is a resident of Loi province and his name is Chananyu Gansaria (23).

He added, ‘I believe this is good news and a positive sign of finding more people.

However, he did not reveal any details about the rescue.

Earlier, another naval officer, Narang Khumburi, expressed hope that the survivors would be found as they were wearing ‘life vests’.

The Navy initially said there were 106 people on board, but on Tuesday revised the number to 105. Efforts to locate the missing crew were focused on aerial searches. The Royal Thai Air Force assisted the operation.

(20th December)