Death toll rises to 18 in Thai boat sinking
Published 19/09/2016 | 11:21
Rescue teams have recovered 18 bodies and are continuing to look for 12 people missing from a boat that sank in a river in Thailand over the weekend, officials said.
The two-deck boat was carrying more than 100 people on a holiday excursion when it sank on Sunday afternoon on the Chao Phraya river, 50 miles north of Bangkok.
The boat evidently ran up a riverbank then took on water, sinking in less than two minutes just a few metres offshore.
A Marine Department official said bodies were still being retrieved on Monday afternoon, with 18 recovered so far.
In addition to the dead and missing, 44 people were injured.