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Chinese tourists hurt as tour boat capsizes

RAYONG :Two Chinese tourists were injured after their speedboat hit an underwater rock and sunk off Koh Samet in Rayong on Thursday (Feb 7).

By Bangkok Post

Friday 8 February 2019, 09:16AM

Rescue units reported the sinking of the Black Marlin 8888 at 1.30pm as it was transporting 23 Chinese visitors from the island to the mainland. Other boats in the area rescued the passengers and took them to the shore, they added.

Boat driver Natthawut Puengkusol said the vessel sank after it hit an underwater rock near the island, Thairath Online reported.

The injured tourists were identified as Lian Kaikai and his female tour colleague, Xhang Cuehua. They were sent to Rayong Hospital and the man was later discharged, it added.

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Pol Col Narongdet Thappajaya, chief of the Phe police station, said police are collecting evidence before deciding whether the driver would be charged.

Mr Natthawut had a licence to drive boats and all passengers on board wore life-saving vests, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 08 February 2019 - 15:10:19

"All the fault of that stupid underwater rock..." Yep,exactly the kind of "decent comments" someone was talking about .

Kurt | 08 February 2019 - 10:43:55

These plywood tour boats get bigger and bigger in size. Are there regulations about compulsory reserve buoyancy? Well, true, I know when you hit full speed a rock or floating objects the plywood bottom not survive.  Just hope/pray there are other ( mostly full loaded) tour boats nearby and able to help. Lot of photos went all over the world.  Great promotion.

Kurt | 08 February 2019 - 09:53:48

All the fault of that stupid underwater rock.  If it wasn't there nothing would have happen.   :-)

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