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Eight injured as Phuket speedboats collide

PHUKET: Eight tourists were injured when two tour speedboats collided off the east coast of Phuket this afternoon (Jan 16).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 16 January 2018, 06:04PM

The accident occurred at about 4:30pm near the canal entrance to the Royal Phuket Marina, The Phuket News was told.

All injured people, including one boat crewman who sustained head injuries, were taken aboard other boats in the area still deemed to be safe and delivered to Royal Phuket Marina, where emergency teams were waiting to provide assistance.

Rescue teams waiting at the marina confirmed that six tourists suffered only minor injuries. Two tourists, however, suffered more serious injuries and were taken to hospital.

One of the injured suffered a deep gash to an arm, another suffered a piece of glass in an eye, and a third suffered serious scratches to the legs.



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Christy Sweet | 17 January 2018 - 20:38:17

Please keep in mind many of my posts are meant as facetiously as possible. Some call it a symptom of cynicism, I just call it fun.

Christy Sweet | 17 January 2018 - 20:34:59

 Dear, um dear [in keeping with TPN no name policy.] As you wish- WEST Dutch Indies as Dutch Indies have ceased..

Klaas | 17 January 2018 - 16:58:28

Dear Christy Sweet,
The Dutch Indies (or East Indies) seized to exist in 1949 becoming Indonesia after several years of fighting (in Dutch history called 'police actions' as we were never officially at war). And to my knowledge Indonesia is still in SE Asia.
Maybe you mean the former 'West Indies' i.e. Aruba or St. Maarten in the Carribean.
Hope you learned something.

Kurt | 17 January 2018 - 13:16:59

Why do "farang' think Thailand should be safe?

Well, yesterday, the Phuket Governor and thai tourist police told PN that safety of tourists is their highest priority.

So, not a tourist thinking, but a solid thai government officials management matter.

Kurt | 17 January 2018 - 13:00:18

Reading/talking about Phuket Marine Office,..... when is it going to be operational and functioning as it should be?
It doesn't function at all at Chalong Pier, that we see daily, and is for sure indeed..

Phuket Governor,...????

Asterix | 17 January 2018 - 11:59:11

Same problem at Chalong Bay Pier & Marina where crazy speedboats enter between the green and red balises marking the port entree at full speed instead of maximum 5 knots and are slalomming between moored boats and moorings in full view of government officials at the Phuket Marine Office.

Christy Sweet | 17 January 2018 - 11:40:59

Why do "farang" think Thailand should be safe? It's a bit absurd to expect a fatalist culture that specializes in keeping the populace stupid and complacent to be anything but a hazardous destination. Want safety AND a gorgeous tropical island?  Head to the Dutch Indies  or similar cause it ain't in SE Asia.  

Kurt | 17 January 2018 - 09:49:31

Why is there no Marine training centre on Phuket/Andaman Sea?
The Phuket Governor stated that Phuket 'serves' 20,000 to 30,000 marine tourist a day!

Guess that justify to sett action in motion by the Governor to establish a Marine Centre on Phuket for safety of tourists.
Better (to) late than never. Right?

BigA | 17 January 2018 - 05:04:32

There is nothing more to say,all has been say'd already


CaptainJack69 | 17 January 2018 - 01:21:36

You just couldn't make this stuff up.

Apparently not satisfied with having the worlds deadliest roads Thailand now wants to expand it's range of danger to include boats too.

Do you think the governor will order ANOTHER investigation?

alf | 17 January 2018 - 00:50:10

One of the speedboat drivers told the police that his brakes failed.

Asterix | 16 January 2018 - 21:24:16

In Thailand, there is no marine training centre in the Andaman Sea and the 2 marine training centres are in Samut Prakan (government) and in Pattaya (Private).
Therefore, all boat captains have no choice but to work at least two years for a boat operator company to apply to get a helmsman boat licence by complacency and without proper training to drive transport boats up to 60T

R Sole | 16 January 2018 - 20:52:56

Looks like the authorities have got the safety aspect sorted out. First a chap dead on his first scuba dive, couple of days later a woman chopped up in a boats propeller,new lifejackets, many injured in a boat explosion off Phi Phi and now two ski boats colliding in a 5 knot limited channel. Wonder what boat accident will happen in the next 24 hours that safety would have been ruled out? Authoriti...

RogerFox | 16 January 2018 - 20:14:34

... and the 'hits' just keep on comin'!

Asterix | 16 January 2018 - 20:07:01

Ministry of Tourism and Sports and many Thai Ministries will have a lot of headaches to regulate and control the tourism industry to be up to international standards.

Pauly44 | 16 January 2018 - 19:55:20

And the speedboat carnage continues, it's a miracle it doesn't happen more often, these lunatic speedboat drivers doing 30+ knots around blind corners in that shallow water channel, it really is bonkers and the tourists piling into these death machines are asking for it, LOS - Land of stupid.

Discover Thainess | 16 January 2018 - 19:34:04

Latest crackdown working as well as was expected I see.....

Kurt | 16 January 2018 - 19:28:08

The photos of the impact and described injuries say something about the high speed of the 2 boats in their approach of the canal entrance.  It looks like the boat drivers were racing to be the first in the canal.
When start  thai authorities check on boat drivers skills and mental condition first instead of all that initiated paperwork about guides and tourists names?
Another unneeded disaster!

BenPendejo | 16 January 2018 - 19:04:04

Well, I'm just glad that the crackdown on marine safety has been so effective.  Boat drivers in this deadly place possess the same degree of professionalism and training as your common tuktuk/taxi/minivan driver-NONE.  Uneducated and incompetent kids (yeah, age doesn't matter, they all have the same mentality and temperment as a mentally ill 10-year old).  And safety officials are no bette...

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