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Four rescued after boat capsizes off Phuket

Four rescued after boat capsizes off Phuket

PHUKET: Four people – three men and a woman – were safely rescued after their boat capsized about seven nautical miles off Phuket while on a fishing excursion today (Jan 12), marine police said.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 05:28PM


One of four people rescued after their boat capsized in the sea off Phuket, left, talks to marine police after being brought to Nai Yang beach in Thalang district. Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran.

One of four people rescued after their boat capsized in the sea off Phuket, left, talks to marine police after being brought to Nai Yang beach in Thalang district. Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran.

Following the accident, a marine police rapid deployment unit set off on a rubber boat on a rescue mission, said Pol Lt Col Jeerayut Niyomdet, a Phuket marine police duty officer.

The police boat, accompanied by fishermen on two fishing boats, arrived at the spot where the boat capsized at 12:20pm and found the four people drifting in the sea. They were rescued safely and brought to the island at Nai Yang beach in tambon Sakhu, Thalang district, at 1pm.

All were declared safe and did not require hospitalisation.

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The four were Chitsanu Rakrangsimansuk, 25, the boat operator, and three passengers: Vacharapong Sommut, 28, from Muang district of Kanchanaburi, along with Treesak Sermthip, 25 and Supakorn Iamjit, 25, both from Phuket.

The four said they set off on a 7-foot aluminium boat from a fishing boat landing on Nai Yang beach. About seven nautical miles from the shore, the boat was hit by a strong wave and capsized. All four aboard, wearing life jackets with mobile phones in sealed plastic bags, were thrown off the boat into the water. They were able to use the phones to call for help.

After less than an hour in the sea, the marine police arrived for the rescue.

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Svcoquette | 13 January 2021 - 13:21:06

The 4 should be charged with "wreckless endangerment" for endangering the heroic rescuers.

Kurt | 13 January 2021 - 11:09:51

No kudos for the 4 'fishermen' who went with a 7 feet aluminium boat out during present weather ( wind/waves at sea) . Kudos for the rescuers! The 4 fishermen should be fully charges for the costs of their rescue, just to remember their irresponsible behavior.

Svcoquette | 13 January 2021 - 09:39:17

4 people in a 7 foot (2.2 m) aluminum boat?

Galong | 12 January 2021 - 20:34:59

Yeah, some truly strong wind today. Kudos to the fishermen for being prepared and for the rescue team for a top-shelf response.

 

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