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30 injured in tour speedboat accident

PHUKET: Some 30 tourists were injured when a tour speedboat slammed into a safe channel marker in Chalong Bay late this afternoon (May 16).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 17 May 2023, 06:34PM

Two of the people suffered serious injuries and eight more suffered ‘code yellow’ injuries, reported Phuket Info Center.

The injured were taken to separate hospitals, namely Chalong Hospital, Vachira Phuket Hospital, Phuket Provincial Hospital, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok Hospital Siriroj, Dibuk Hospital and Mission Hospital Phuket.

Phuket Info Center urged motorists to facilitate rescue vehicles transporting the injured.

The boat was bringing tourists back from Phi Phi Island to Chalong Pier when it struck the safe channel marker, located some 700 metres from Chalong Pier, reported the Phuket Provincial Administration (PPAO).

Photos posted online identified the boat as ’Thanathip Marine 555’.

PPAO President Rewat Areerob was present when the injured passengers were brought ashore at Chalong Pier, which the PPAO is responsible for operating.

There were 36 people on board when the accident happened.

Three were captain and crew. The remainder were Russian tourists, the PPAO reported.

Of note, the PPAO reported six people seriously were injured.

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DeKaaskopp | 18 May 2023 - 09:41:14

Poor John . They milked him for 30 years and he could never find a way out of his misery. Don't worry grumpy, soon you will move somewhere else,right ? 

Kurt | 18 May 2023 - 09:38:02

Wait and see or some russians start to ask for a contribution to pay their hospital bills if they have no insurance. Or will be that boat company charged with paying the medical bills of passengers? Are these boat companies obligated to be insured  for death- or wounded passengers?

JohnC | 18 May 2023 - 09:06:12

Looking at that photo you can see the so-called 'captain' of this boat was going at a high rate of knots far beyond what is a safe speed for approaching a busy boating area. Speed should be 5-8kts in a channel. Look how far the bow has been stoved in. No doubt showing off his 'skills' to the tourists thinking he was impressing some girls. Don't let this moron be in charge of a ...

Taswegian | 18 May 2023 - 09:06:01

This is precisely why I just sit by the hotel pool and drink Heineken!!!

Mj | 18 May 2023 - 09:02:15

The so called Captain Blind or on Drugs

JohnC | 18 May 2023 - 09:00:30

@hermann1. A lot of denying the truth and the facts by you. It is very well known that many locals 'fleece' tourists anyway they can. Get the money out of them before they go home. Phuket hospitals now openly advertise two tier pricing for locals and foreigners just like many other 'businesses' island wide. Get it through your thick skull, you are just a human cash machine in their...

Hermann1 | 18 May 2023 - 08:01:42

Old guy, how do you know the passengers are not insured enough by the tour company. How do you know the passengers don't have insurance ? And why do you use the word"fleece" . Are all hospitals overcharging tourists ? Of course there is an income for hospitals.Why not ? Should they treat them for free ?  A lot of pure fantasizing/guessing in your comment.

Old guy | 18 May 2023 - 01:32:26

A huge low season income opportunity for hospitals to fleece tourists with hospital bills. You know the tour company hasn't got enough nor do the people.
Just another "World Class" event! 

Kurt | 18 May 2023 - 00:33:43

.. Phuket. On the road and at sea. Now wait for the Phuket Officialdom's 'softening'  of this accident. Boat driver did fall asleep? Or his smartphone did fall on deck? Or some other nonsense like that? Hurry up Officials, flower and fruit baskets to hospitals, in full dressed uniform + photographer, of course. Keep justifying that SPEED IS YOUR WINNER on Phuket, on the road/ sea.

Capricornball | 17 May 2023 - 20:20:22

Maybe with the new MFP there will soon be (but not soon enough) a newly elected governor that knows what to do about this never-ending chaos on the streets and in the water. Heads should roll over this one, but I doubt they will.

Capricornball | 17 May 2023 - 20:17:53

Way to go Somchai. We all knew it was just a matter of time before something serious happened. In spite of recent "crack downs" some boat captains just don't give a shite, and like their land-based public transport brethren, are reckless and irresponsible to the extreme. And just you watch, nothing meaningful will come of this...nothing ever changes. 

Kurt | 17 May 2023 - 20:04:53

Fantastic! Look forward for more disasters like this one. For sure there was no 'captain' on board. Just a idiot boat driver. This are just great accidents to topple Phuket's self called lable: ..World class tourist destination.. . I start to understand why some travel/accident insurances not pay out 100% when tourists become a disaster/accident victim on 'Transport Dangerous' ...


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