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49 tourists and crew members missing after boat capsizes in Phuket

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BANGKOK — At least forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand’s tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday.

The boat was carrying dozens of Chinese tourists when it overturned, with the strong winds brought by the monsoon season bringing adverse weather conditions on the water.

Phuket governor Norapat Plodthong said 49 people were missing from a dive boat called Phoenix which was carrying 97 passengers.

The boat sank near Koh Heh. Most of the missing passengers were Chinese tourists. They also included a number of Russians.

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“Right now we are still looking for 49 people. We have helped 48 people from the capsized boat. We have sent boats to help,” said Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3.

Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

Thai media showed photos of people rescued from one of the boats in large rubber life rafts at sea, with fishing boats and churning water in the background.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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