The Latest: China warns travelers to be safe on water abroad
Jul. 09, 2018
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — The Latest on a boat capsizing in Thailand (all times local):
China is warning its people to be careful during water-based activities when traveling abroad after a fatal boat capsizing in Thailand.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Monday that travelers should closely monitor weather and sea conditions and obey all warnings.
The notice carried in local newspapers and websites did not specifically mention Thailand but said some cruise companies exercised lax management and maintained inadequate safety measures.
The boat that capsized during a storm off Phuket last Thursday killed at least 42 people with 10 still missing. Most passengers were Chinese.
Chinese accounted for slightly under one-third of the 35.38 million tourists who visited Thailand last year.
Thai authorities say five people reported to have been missing from a boat that sank off the southern resort island of Phuket last week are alive.
It's not clear if the five survived the sinking or never got on the boat.
Phuket Gov. Norrapat Plodthong says authorities are trying to verify details and some of the five may have left Thailand.
Norrapat also said Monday the boat that sank in a storm Thursday afternoon carried 89 tourists, mostly Chinese, instead of 93.
He said 10 people are now missing, instead of the previous figure of 14, including the five people believed to have survived. The death toll remains at 42.
He said the revised numbers of tourists and the missing followed new information from Thai immigration and the Chinese Embassy.