A Cambodia-flagged container ship sank off Phuket, Thailand, in bad weather on 8 July.
Sinaran Andaman, with IMO registration number 8654998, sustained engine failure, causing the vessel to drift into rocks.
The 1,591 dwt, 2005-bulit vessel then took in water and sank in the Andaman Sea off Koh Hei or Coral Island, about 5 km directly offshore from Phuket’s Rawai beach at around 10:00 h local time.
All 10 crew members of the vessel had abandoned the ship and fired flares for help from a lifeboat, alerting other vessels.
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Thai marine police dispatched patrol boat Tor 814 to reach the lifeboat, but were unsuccessful as the lifeboat was dangerously close to rocks.
Three of the crew members were airlifted to safety by the Royal Thai Navy, while the remaining seven crew members were rescued by the Thai marine police vessel.