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Chinese tourists injured as Phuket tour speedboat slams oil tanker

Chinese tourists injured as Phuket tour speedboat slams oil tanker

PHUKET: A tour speedboat carrying 10 Chinese tourists, including a pregnant woman and two children, slammed into a steel tanker off Koh Rang, off Phuket’s east coast, while returning from Phi Phi Island earlier today (Feb 9).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 9 February 2019, 05:41PM


The collision left five of the tourists injured, as well as the speedboat captain and his crewman.

The heavily damaged speedboat, the “Sainam”, returned to Yamu Pier in Pa Khlok, where rescue workers were waiting for them.

Acting Chief of the Phuket Marine Office Wiwat Chitchertwong explained that twin-engine Sainam departed Yamu Pier at 9am after being chartered by one of the Chinese tourists for a day trip to Phi Phi Island.

On the way back to Phuket, the Sai Nam struck an oil tanker called the Chok Kriangkrai near Koh Rang, heavily damaging the tour speedboat.

The tanker suffered minor damage under its left bow.

The accident occurred about 2:30pm, Mr Wiwat said.

The tourists were brought ashore and the injured were provided first aid before all of them, along with the Thai captain and crewman, were taken to Thalang Hospital and Mission Phuket Hospital.

Officials have confirmed that there have been no deaths from the collision, but have yet to confirm the extent of the injuries of those rushed to hospital.

The Phuket News has confirmed that among them is a 6-year-old, a 13-year-old and 16-year-old.

Mr Wiwat assured that an investigation is now underway into how the collision occurred.

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DeKaaskopp | 11 February 2019 - 15:17:33

"All tourists get a fine of 500 baht"Another decent and highly clever comment!

Nasa12 | 11 February 2019 - 12:21:55

And of course, all tourists get a fine of 500 baht, because the boat driver ran irresponsibly.

Galong | 10 February 2019 - 10:09:30

I guess they need to come out with a new law making it illegal to paint tankers camouflage.

Island Man | 10 February 2019 - 09:14:04

Must have been the poor visibility in the 5 Km visibility or maybe the high seas in the currently flat waters or maybe it stupidity on the behalf of the cowboy, plastic boat driver.

Nasa12 | 10 February 2019 - 06:24:04

”Brake fault” 100% sure. 

MartinK | 09 February 2019 - 23:29:54

Brakes failed? Is that an oil tank ahead of me or are you just glad to see me?  Phenomenal. 

Kurt | 09 February 2019 - 20:35:18

Noooo, the steel tanker was sailing to slow, not got out of the way of the plywood speed boat. ( hehehe). Phuket is, when it comes to beaches, snorkeling, speedboat sailing ( fires, collisions, hitting rocks, sinkings) riding minivan ( speed) really a disaster! And all brainless idiots are allowed to stay in their jobs. Hello Government? Your 'Safety image' ,remember?  Wake up!

Pascale | 09 February 2019 - 17:51:46

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