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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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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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