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All Phuket boats told to stay ashore to facilitate search for 23 still missing

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Royal Thai Navy patrol boat and ships. Photo: Michael Ard, U.S. Navy.

The Phuket Marine Office has issued an order prohibiting all boats from leaving the Ao Chalong bay to facilitate the search for 23 passengers still missing after two boat accidents on Thursday afternoon.

According to the latest report of the search and rescue centre of the province, 33 passengers, most of the Chinese tourists, were confirmed dead and 23 still missing.

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By Thai PBS

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