Up To 60 People Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes Off Thailand Coast

The search for survivors off Thailand's coast has resumed.

What you need to know
  • The Phoenix sank in rough seas on Thursday 7 kilometers of Thailand's coast
  • Up to 60 people are feared dead, with many bodies already recovered from the wreck
  • The Royal Thai Navy resumed the search for survivors on Saturday.

The search has resumed for survivors after a tourist boat sank off the coast of the Thai resort island of Phuket, with over 100 passengers onboard.

Up to 60 people are now feared dead, with authorities saying there was "no chance" of more survivors being found.

The confirmed death toll from the disaster stands at 33, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the sunken vessel, known as the Phoenix.

The ferry capsized and went down in choppy seas that whipped up five-meter waves on Thursday.

There were 105 passengers on board, including 12 Thai crew and 93 Chinese tourists, when it sank 7 kilometers off the Phuket coast.

The Royal Thai Navy has confirmed that many bodies have already been recovered from inside the downed ship, with the chances of finding more survivors appearing increasingly unlikely.

“A day and a night have passed,” Thailand Marine Department deputy director-general, Kritpetch Chaichuay, said.

Local police are said to be investigating the incident, but so far a cause has not been identified. Authorities have said the boat was properly registered and not overloaded.

The island of Phuket — known for its beaches and resorts — is one of Thailand's most well-known tourist destinations.

With AAP.