May 18, 2024
MARITIME ACCIDENT: How Thai Royal Navy Corvette sank in Gulf of Siam UPDATE 21 missing
– By Godswill Odiong

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Corvette sank at around 2330 LT December 18, 2022, some 20 nm off Bang Saphan Pier in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, according to FleetMon.

It stated: “There were 106 personnel on board, 73 rescued with 3 being in critical condition, 33 are missing, major SAR is underway. Thai Navy ships, helicopters and nearby ships are deployed in the search for survivors. Of 73 rescued, 47 were picked up by HTMS KRABURI, 4 by tugs, 20 by MT SRI CHAIYA, and 2 by an oil tanker, and 2 by MT STRAITS ENERGY.

“Royal Thai Navy Corvette HTMS Sukhothai suffered water ingress and developed heavy starboard list up to 60 degrees, late at night Dec 18, in stormy waters of Gulf of Siam, after a blackout, which disabled mechanism and pumps. The blackout was caused by a seawater leak leading to a shortcut in wires. Understood all crew rescued.
“Royal Thai Navy Corvette HTMS Sukhothai (FS-442), displacement 960, complement 87, armament guns, missiles, torpedoes, commissioned 1987.”

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