Rough winds hamper rescue efforts in Gulf of Thailand

Rough weather in the Gulf of Thailand is thwarting attempts to re-float an oil tanker that ran aground on January 9.

A sand-suction boat was deployed to create a water channel on the beach to allow the oil tanker Orapin 4 to move back to sea off Songkhla. However, the operation came to a temporary halt as the sand-suction boat was forced to take shelter at Nu Island amid strong winds.

The Meteorological Department has forecast rough seas in the area until Sunday.