Thai authorities say boat death toll at 10

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The body of a male Chinese tourist was found near Koh Lon, said the governor.

Navy official Narong Aurabhakdi said some of the bodies were found by divers who entered the wreck Friday and others were floating in the water. "At least two (more) bodies will be transferred to this port soon", Archayon Kraithong, deputy commissioner of Thailand's Tourist police.

Phuket draws hordes of overseas visitors, including Western sun-seekers and huge numbers of Chinese tourists who make up almost one-third of the 35 million people expected to visit Thailand this year.

The company will also help take the bodies of the killed to their hometowns for religious rites, she said.

"I assume they are trapped inside the boat. but I wish some of them have survived", Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong told reporters.

A boat carrying over 100 people capsized off the holiday island of Phuket in Thailand, killing at least 33 people, on July 5.

The commander of Phuket Provincial Police, Teerapol Tipcharoen, said seas have calmed since the Thursday evening's accident and the search is ongoing for the 56 missing people.

It has been confirmed this afternoon that a number of bodies have been seen inside the sunken "Phoenix" dive boat which overturned and sunk in a storm off Phuket yesterday afternoon with 105 passengers on board.

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The government of the eastern Chinese city of Haining in Zhejiang province also said on its official microblog account that it received a distress alert sent by phone text message from the head of the Haining Haipai Furniture.

A rescued woman wearing a life jacket hugs a man after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 5, 2018, in this still image taken from video.

Phuket is a magnet for overseas visitors including Western sun-seekers and huge numbers of Chinese tourists who make up the bulk of the 35 million people expected to visit the kingdom this year.

Strong winds were still blowing as searchers looked for the missing people off the tourist island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea.

As rescuers continue to try and rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand, another tragedy has struck the country.

The Thai incidents came after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized in bad weather off Malaysia's southern Johor state late Sunday, killing 10 and leaving nine missing.

Severe weather including heavy rain and winds were forecast until Tuesday.

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