Navy to rescue stranded Similan tourists
More than 100 tourists are stranded on the Similan Islands, with the tour boats they arrived on unable to venture out into five-metre swells.
Wednesday 30 March 2011, 12:28AM
More than 100 tourists are stranded on the Similan Islands, with the tour boats they arrived on unable to venture out into the five-metre swells caused by the current foul weather.
An official on the islands said that there is enough food and water to last three or four days, but the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Naval Command today announced that it will send the frigate HSMB Bang Pakong to rescue the tourists today.
In Phuket, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha ordered local administrators in the island’s three districts to watch out for flooding and landslides, though this morning the Chief of the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office said he had received no reports of either so far.
The Governor said yesterday that the province has a B50 million budget that can be deployed immediately to cope with the effects of any natural disaster.
Photo courtesy Royal Thai Navy.