A rescue boat is seen during a search operation for missing passengers of a capsized tourist boat in Phuket, Thailand July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Divers who entered the wreck of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, as the search continued Saturday for 15 mostly Chinese tourists missing in a disaster that has left dozens dead.The boat, with 105 people, including 93 tourists, capsized and sank after it was hit by 5-meter waves.Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all-out search and rescue efforts, telling the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese diplomats in Thailand to take greater measures, and also urging Thai authorities to spare no efforts.Many of the victims had been on group tours, booked in Phuket and China.It said that 37 of the furniture company's employees and family members had traveled together to Phuket and that on July 5 at around 5 p.m. they encountered the "biggest storm in five years" and they sought the government's help.
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