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BREAKING: Phi Phi - Phuket speedboat rams fishing boat off Koh Yao, three of 40 passengers lost at sea

BREAKING: Phi Phi - Phuket speedboat rams fishing boat off Koh Yao, three of 40 passengers lost at sea

PHUKET: At least three passengers are still unaccounted for following a collision earlier this evening between a tourist-packed speed boat and a Thai fishing boat about 4-5 nautical miles from the Koh Yao islands.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 19 October 2014, 06:32PM

The Phuket News understands that the collision was between a speedboat owned by Seastar company, Vita 2 – full of some 40 tourists and on the return leg to Phuket from Koh Phi Phi –  and a Thai fishing boat, Ouan Laak (อวนลาก). The passengers were being rescued by Thai Navy personell and emergency supporting rescue crews, with some arriving to Rassada Pier at 6pm.

The Phuket News also understands that rescued passengers are all being brought back to Rassada Pier.

The Phuket News will update this page as more details become available.

UPDATE: Of the total 46 passengers affected, 37 are a mix of Chinese, Europe and Korean tourists, four are Thai boat crew / skippers, two are tour guides, one is a photographer and the two tourists who are still missing are thought to be Koreans. 

UPDATE (7pm): Police have yet to confirm the number of dead.

UPDATE (7pm): Reports surfacing that the collision happened at 4pm, but rescue teams weren't notified until 5pm.

UPDATE  8pm. 41 of 43 tourists confirmed rescued and on shore. 2 missing are Korean, man and woman. Search called off due to darkness, will resume tomorrow.


Cause blaimed on wrevkless steering by a Mr Surat Matorot, 36.

On the scene reporting by Eakapop Thongtub, Suthicha Sirirat and Saran Mitrarat

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BigA | 05 May 2015 - 09:18:50

Thanks,Happy hour in Chalong are at least good for something!
Benefit that's the answer,pay the Marine Police Prize money for every arrest,like speeding,oil spill,over load, no licence and so on,problem solve!  

malczx7r | 04 May 2015 - 12:35:52

I look out over Chalong marina every day and the speed boats are supposed to do 4 knots until 1km out to sea, every day under the noses of the port authorities they speed maybe 20-30 knots till within 50m of the shore, it's a wonder no-one has been killed yet no-one does anything, accident waiting to happen! 

Confused Kevin | 03 May 2015 - 18:52:11

The marine and boating  is a huge industry in Thailand especially Phuket.  After countless boating accidents, many deaths, destruction of reefs, illegal fishing etc when are the authorities going to establish a marine police department  that actually has high speed enforcement boats, and the power to arrest offenders etc. How may deaths does it take, how many accidents does it take before someone ...

Rorii | 20 October 2014 - 13:25:41

Looks like Whistle-Blower, aka asterix, is now known as Charlie... we ALL know who you are, so why so many names.

charlie | 20 October 2014 - 13:22:18

In Phuket and other provinces along the Andaman Sea, book stores don't sell Thai educational books to learn sea navigation with charts and marine regulations to drive a boat safely either private or transport boats.

Also the Thai administration should help technical schools and private sector to have training courses at affordable prices open late at night in order to give time to Thai crew...

charlie | 19 October 2014 - 21:02:12

ADVENTUROUS TOUR BOATS AND THE WAY THAI CAPTAIN'S LICENSE ARE ISSUED IN THAILAND - In Thailand, there is no marine training center in the Andaman Sea and the 2 marine training centers are in Samut Prakan and Pattaya. Therefore, all boat captains have no choice but to work at least one year in a boat operator company to apply to get a helmsman boat licence by complacency without proper training...


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