A Thai Navy ship capsized overnight in the Gulf of Thailand and warships and helicopters have joined forces to rescue more than 100 Marines stranded by the incident.
The Royal Thai Navy confirmed on Monday that warship HTMS Sukhothai suffered an engine malfunction and began taking water nearly 20 nautical miles offshore just before midnight.
Strong winds blew seawater on the US-built corvette, destroying its electrical system Sunday night.
At least 78 sailors were rescued and 28 were still in the water, the Navy said.
Three frigates and two helicopters with mobile pumping machines were dispatched off Prachuap Khiri Khan province south of Bangkok to try to help the wrecked vessel by removing seawater.
However, the strong winds continued to pose a challenge and these efforts failed.
The Navy shared images and video footage of them wearing orange vests in a black inflatable boat moving away from a ship in the dark.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/thailand-navy-ship-sinking-race-to-rescue-dozens-of-marines-as-vessel-capsizes-in-strong-winds-42229284.html Sinking of a Thai Navy Ship: Dozens of marines race to rescue as the ship capsizes in high winds