A Thai warship with a crew of over a hundred has sunk in a Gulf storm. The Thai Navy said 31 sailors were missing in the incident. HTMS Sukhothai sank on Sunday night after water entered its power controls. BBC news.

On Monday, authorities said they had rescued 75 crew members, but 31 were still missing at sea. A Navy spokesman told the BBC: ‘More than 12 hours have passed. We will continue to look for them.’

Search crews worked through the night to find survivors. Besides, the operation continued on Monday with the help of the Air Force.

The Navy has also announced to find out the cause of the disaster.

“This is unprecedented in the history of our forces, especially with a ship that is still active,” spokesman Admiral Pogkrong Montardpolin told the BBC.

Officials said the vessel sank after taking on water. Water ingress flooded the ship’s hull and short-circuited the power room. The crew struggled to keep control of the ship before it sank.

Three naval ships and helicopters were sent to help, but only HTMS Crabtree managed to reach the ship before it sank.

The frigate picked up most of the Sukhothai’s crew, the navy said. Sailors wearing life jackets were found in the water and on life rafts. The Navy has not released any details about their condition.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said in a statement on Monday that officials were investigating the disaster. I am following the news closely – about five people have been seriously injured.’

HTMS Sukhothai was built in the mid-1980s by the United States for the Thai Navy.

(Dhaka Times / 19 December / SAT)