Search for missing Chinese tourist continues Monday for the third day in Phang Nga sea

Search for a Chinese female tourist who went missing in the sea off Phang Nga's Thai Myang district resumed for the third day with divers from the Royal Thai Navy joining search teams from the marine police and the private charity foundation.

The search was agreed to expand eight nautical miles into the deep sea from the first scene after searches conducted by helicopters, police patrol boats and native fishing boats on Saturday and Sunday could not locate them.

Two Chinese tourists have drowned and another went missing after swimming at a beach in Phang Nga's Thai Muang district Friday night.

Two other Chinese tourists were also injured in the incident in high surf in front of the Dusit Hotspring Beach and Spa Hotel around 6pm.

The two drowned tourists have been identified as Wang Qi, 29, and Jiang Yufu, 25.

Police said Yang Juan, 27, was still missing. She was said to be on a honey moon trip to Thailand with her boyfriend.

Jiang Duping and Jiang Yumong, both 28, were injured and rushed to Vachira Hospital on the Phuket.

A Thai guide told police that the five were among 29 Chinese tourists he took from Krabi International Airport to check-in at the hotel on Friday.

He said he had warned the tourists against swimming because it was dusk and the waves were very strong.

But the five didn't heed the warning. The group was hit by a big wave and people nearby managed to pull two of them from the water in time.

Phang Nga governor Sitthichai Sakda said the search today would also focus on chain of underwater rocks which the body might be sticked.

But he said normally a drowned body would float to sea surface after three days.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)