The container ship Sinaran Andaman sank off Phuket on Wednesday morning.

Sinaran Andaman sinks off Phuket

Photo: Royal Thai Navy

The vessel reportedly suffers an engine problem en route from Tub Lamu and the heavy seas forced it onto the nearby rocks. It began taking in water. The 10-member crew managed to board a lifeboat and were airlifted in good health condition by a Royal Thai Navy helicopter.

According to local media, two hours before the incident with Sinaran Andaman, the fishing boat Anya Namchoke capsized off Koh Racha Noi island south of Phuket. All six crew members on board were safely rescued by HTMS Chonburi.

Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A warning was issued by the local meteorological department for strong monsoon causing high waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It is expected to stay until next Tuesday.