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Navy renders assistance to cruise ship stuck on underwater rocks

Navy renders assistance to cruise ship stuck on underwater rocks

PHUKET: The cruise ship, La Belle des Oceans, carrying 150 passengers and crew, has hit underwater rocks and is unable to move southeast of Phi Phi Island, reports the Royal Thai Navy.

By The Phuket News

Monday 25 November 2019, 10:13AM

A Royal Thai Navy officer told The Phuket News this morning (Nov 25) that the navy’s Third Area Command received the call for assistance at 9:30am, though the ship struck bottom last night.

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries, the Navy officer confirmed.

The HTMS Sriracha has been dispatched to safely recover those onboard.

UPDATE: Vice Admiral Cherngchai Chomcherngpat, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command based in Phuket, has confirmed that La Belle des Oceans struck bottom off Koh Bida Nok at about 3am.

The impact caused a breach in the forward section of the hull and the ship started taking on water.

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A passing fishing boat saw the ship and offered assistance, but the captain at that time declined the offer.

The La Belle des Océans was traveling from Koh Lanta to Phuket with 150 people onboard, including 60 Filipinos and 20 Croatians.

The passengers will be brought back to the pier at Cape Panwa.

V/Adm Cherngchai re-confirmed that the Third Area Command was already providing assistance.

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BigA | 26 November 2019 - 06:29:11

The crew on watch was sleeping! Period!

BenPendejo | 25 November 2019 - 17:33:44

Looks like marine safety remains a top priority, with one fatal boat accident in Kamala and one retarded captain piling his ship up onto the rocks. Besides that, I was in Kamala yesterday and saw that tourist business is carrying on as usual, with more boats and jetskis than I've ever seen filling up the smelly polluted bay.

BigA | 25 November 2019 - 17:23:34

The crew on watch has a lot explaining to do!This reef is well charted ! Every yachtsmen (except some Aussis)knew that!

Kurt | 25 November 2019 - 16:00:33

Struck bottom around 3:00 AM. The Navy received a call for assistance at 09:30 AM, 6.5 Hours later! Did the captain of this vessel waited 6.5 hours before calling for assistance, or was the thai navy just opening the 'Command Shop' around 9 AM office time ? Many interesting questions.

Kurt | 25 November 2019 - 15:47:50

Nice piece of work of ships navigation team. Remarkable, to navigate in such a way to get pin pointed at that location. 
Sink it near the King Cruiser ferry. Another welcomed dive object for the local recreation dive industry.
Train this navigation team for future submarine duties.  :-)

Nasa12 | 25 November 2019 - 10:57:51

The only death it’s corals reefs, nothing to worry about in Phuket. 


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