Following the “high tide”, the electrical system of the patrol corvette was damaged, to the point of causing the stoppage of the machines ensuring its operation, he explained. The crew has “lost control” of the ship, which sank shortly after midnight (6 p.m. in Paris), about 20 nautical miles (37 km) from the coast, at Bang Saphan, in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan (south).
Some 75 crew members were rescued by the two military helicopters, two frigates and the amphibious ship dispatched to the scene, according to a navy statement. The rescue mission, which started at 7 a.m. (1 a.m. in Paris), continues. About 11 people were hospitalized in Bang Saphan.