Thai police investigations of boat sinkings are advancing

BANGKOK (AP) – Police said their investigations into the sinking of two boats off Thailand’s southern resort island of Phuket last week are progressing. The sinking of one boat left 45 Chinese tourists dead and two still missing.

The double-decker tour boat Phoenix capsized and sank late Thursday afternoon after it was hit by five-metre waves in one of Thailand’s worst tourism-related disasters in recent years.

Everyone from the second boat that sank last week was rescued.

Thai officials said both boats went to sea despite official warnings about the rough weather, and they have been pursuing legal action against those involved.

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha consoles a relative of a victim in the last week’s boat accident on July 9 on the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand. – AP