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Navy rescues missing speedboat crew off Koh Libong

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy has rescued the captain and his one crewman of the lost speedboat Chamnina, reported missing off Koh Rok south of Phuket.

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Friday 5 August 2016, 06:03PM

The Chamnina left Phi Phi Island and was heading to Koh Lanta with Capt Wijit Ngankhang and one crewman, Yothee Sandee, 37, when it went missing near Koh Rok from about 6pm on Wednesday (Aug 3).

The boat had run out of fuel near Koh Rok, but the two managed to acquire some fuel at the island, but went missing after again after leaving the area. (See story here.)

Search efforts by sea to locate the boat and its missing complement of two were called off due to heavy seas and strong winds, Capt Pongjak Uraiman, commanding officer of the Naval Air Squadron at the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, based at Cape Panwa, said today (Aug 5).

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“We took out a helicopter to search for them near Koh Rok at around noon today and expanded the search area, and our team found them near Koh Libong at 4:30pm,” Capt Pongjak said.

“Capt Wijit said they ran out of gas a second time and were left drifting at sea. The strong winds pushed them into the location where they were found,” he added.

Both Capt Wijit and Mr Yothee were safe and had no injury when they rescued, Capt Pongjak confirmed.



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Kurt | 06 August 2016 - 10:18:52

This thai 'captain' ( what is his nautical education level?) should be banned of sea going.
Sailing out with heavy seas and strong winds, 2x running out of gas. 
Not much of a nautical educated seaman. And thai call that 'captain'?

I hope tourists coming to Thailand realize their faith is in hands of such people when they are boarding these not sea going licensed thai plywood boats.

Very much I do miss already long time appropriate actions of the Marine offices. They just sit on their hands.
Even the vice admiral now has doubts about functioning of Marine offices.

It is time now to oblige the thai plywood speedboats to have AIS.
A rescue search ( how much cost that?) like what was done for a speedboat without gasoline is than not needed.

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