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Three injured as Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames

PHUKET: Three people have been injured after a speedboat became engulfed in flames at Cape Yamu off Phuket’s east coast this morning (Sept 24).

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Saturday 24 September 2016, 09:58AM

The speedboat burst into flames off Phuket’s east coast this morning (Sept 24). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The speedboat burst into flames off Phuket’s east coast this morning (Sept 24). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The fire broke out at about 9:10am shortly before it was to pick up 45 Chinese tourists waiting at the pier in Baan Yamu, in Pa Khlok, to get on board for a day trip to Phi Phi Island.

Lt Sunand Phetchanoo of the Thalang Police confirmed to The Phuket News that two boat staff with minor injuries were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, and one staffer with serious injuries was taken to Thalang Hospital.

The boat was operated by PCL Transport, formerly known as 858 Insee Marine Co Ltd, Lt Suannd said.

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“The boat was valued at about B2 million,” he said.

Insee Marine was one of the 17 companies raided in the crackdown on the illegal tour network syndicate operated under Tranlee Co Ltd. (See story here.)

The boat was one of the many speedboats auctioned off two weeks ago among the fleet of buses and boats seized by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) in raids on the illegal network of companies operating under Chinese tour operator Tranlee Co Ltd. (See story here.)



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Kurt | 25 September 2016 - 11:11:09

bigasail33, can you teach me fishing?  :-)  
Mhh, may be not, I like yachting and scuba diving.
Pulling my friends by hook out of the water would be heart breaking.

Yes Horst, I mention time after time about the unsafe fuel technicalities on board these speed boats.
It are not the engines. As you can see on photo, the engines are actually the only things not burning.
More I can not do, just hope some day the coin is falling in a thai brain and get fuel safety regulations on these potential sailing fire bombs.

In this case all thai crewmembers were wounded,for one is very serious, the percentage of his skin burn makes it so far doubtful or he will survive.
And if he survive he will be burn wounds signed for life.

Imagine the 45 Chinese tourist were already on board that time.
A disaster, many died, seriously burned,  worldwide published.
Welcome on board of the thai sailing bombs at Phuket with NIL tourist safety.
Have a nice day, Horst.

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Kurt | 25 September 2016 - 08:55:46

Yes Christy Sweet,  We may expect bus/boat operators bought their car, busses, boats back at auction.
A few cosmetic changes, company names, registration papers etc., ( paper in Thailand is always patient) and the show goes on. 
That auction was just a financial- and big warning step in between.

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bigasail33 | 24 September 2016 - 18:02:40

Kurt ,you sayd I mentioned time after time,anyone ever reply ?? No ! so why waste your time!! Find an other hobby ,like fishing

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Christy Sweet | 24 September 2016 - 15:11:06

Is there an error here ?  "The boat was operated by PCL Transport, formerly known as 858 Insee Marine Co Ltd, Lt Suannd said..."  

So 858 Insee just changed its name to PCL Transport and continues to operate after buying back its own boat at auction? 

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Kurt | 24 September 2016 - 11:35:43

Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames! The boat 'just' caugth fire?
Just like that? Question  is: Why? 
Hope for a solid investigation, and that the outcome make thai authorities are aware that more safety is needed on board these speedboats. 
To many explosions/fires on these boats.

All 3 crewmembers were injured!.
Lucky that the 45 Chinese tourists were not yet on board, that would have been a enormous drama.
The Chinese tourists had a angel on their shoulder.

Again I advocate for obliging such plywood boats to change from normal engine fuel to diesel fuel.
The difference in fuel flash point is safety!
It are not the engines, but the present fuel tanks situation what are a enormous safety risk on all these boats!
It are sailing bombs.

I mention that time after time.
Earlier I already wrote here that if you love your life, do not board these potential dangerous boats with all their present fuel tanks and fuel containers situation.
No safety, try a disaster.

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simon01 | 24 September 2016 - 11:33:15

Use the cheap tours and you risk you life. The cheapness comes from untrained staff and unmaintained boats. Go cheap and who knows what will happen. Just lucky no tourist was on the boat or people would have died. 

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