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Thai police investigations of boat sinkings are advancing

July 10, 2018
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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha consoles a relative of a victim in the last week's boat accident, Monday, July 9, 2018, on the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand. The death toll from Thursday's boat accident climbed to dozens, in Thailand's biggest tourist-related disaster in years. The boat, with 105 people, including 93 tourists, capsized and sank after it was hit by 5-meter (16-foot) waves. (AP Photo)

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say 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 5-meter (16-foot) 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 say both boats went to sea despite official warnings about the rough weather, and they have been pursuing legal action against those involved.

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