EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket Chinese tourists safe after Phi Phi speedboat ‘lands’ on anchored boat

PHUKET: A tour party of 20 Chinese tourists escaped without serious injury after their speedboat returning from Phi Phi Island slammed into and mounted another speedboat at anchor off Phuket’s east coast yesterday afternoon (June 11).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 12 June 2017, 05:30PM

The ‘Golden Dragon Tour 1’ sits mounted atop the ‘K. Kanreab’ speedboat late yesterday afternoon. Photo: Phuket Marine Police

The ‘Golden Dragon Tour 1’ sits mounted atop the ‘K. Kanreab’ speedboat late yesterday afternoon. Photo: Phuket Marine Police

Maj Nattaphong Pleungtaratigul, Investigator of Phuket Marine Police, confirmed the accident occurred at 5:30pm.

“It was low tide and Teerachai Maimaad, the captain Golden Dragon Tour 1 speedboat, increased speed to get the boat plane towards shore,” Maj Nattaphong told The Phuket News.

Capt Teerachai told police that the fast speed caused the hydraulic rudder to fail and that he could not control the boat, said Maj Nattaphong.

“So the boat flew up onto the speedboat K. Kanreab, which was at anchor waiting for the tide to rise in order to safely return to Boat Lagoon,” he explained.

Thailand Property Awards

“There were 20 Chinese tourists on the Golden Dragon Tour 1. None of them suffered any injuries and they were all transferred to another boat and brought safely to shore,” Maj Nattaphong said.

“Luckily, no one was on board the K. Kanreab at the time,” he added.

The captains of both boats hold the correct licenses, Maj Nattaphong noted, adding that Capt Teerachai has been charged only with damaging other people’s property.

“The damage has been valued at B1 million, and the owner of the Golden Dragon Tour 1 will take responsibility for this compensation,” he said.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Christy Sweet | 13 June 2017 - 20:11:02

By god, it's.....boat porn.

petermach | 13 June 2017 - 17:46:51

Don't worry Thailand is a safe country , (you have same pictures with minibuses )

Pauly44 | 13 June 2017 - 12:49:13

For starters they aren't Captain's, they are speedboat driving punks and their licences aren't worth the paper they're written on, my 7 year old son could exercise more self control than these hooligans. I've seen them flying up the boat lagoon channel at top speed around blind corners over shallow water total nutters, what is it with the Thai male and machinery anyway?

MartinK | 12 June 2017 - 21:59:17

Translation: Since his boat was out of plane and he could not see what was in front of him near the shore the "Captain" put the boat wide open to get it to plane.  He then landed on what I assume was an empty moored boat with his boat full of tourists.  Let me repeat that - the Captain was unable to see what was in front of him near the shore so he gunned his boat to get it to plane out....

Kurt | 12 June 2017 - 20:36:42

This is fantastic! I love the photo! Make a poster of it!

A case of not a slippery road, but slippery water. hahahahaha

Well, it is always the same with thai taxi, minivan, bus, and speed boat drivers.
They loose control because they can not control themselves.
No brains, only air between the ears.
The prove is there, day after day.

And day after day the Chinese tourists get their free...

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket officials concerned over tourist drug users, ‘epidemic’ in Patong

Hey,V-G needs some press attention? He better fight the drugs supply to Phuket instead of talking ab...(Read More)

Phoenix tour boat owner to fight charges, renounces confession

I would be nice when thai Authorities tell public who the real owner of the Phoenix is. That 26 year...(Read More)

Chinese tourist drowns at Nai Harn

Red flags all over at every beach. Now, does that mean lifeguards are dismissed from responsibiliti...(Read More)

Phoenix tour boat owner to fight charges, renounces confession

Mr Nipit has some funny ideas about the law. Actions after the event do not mitigate responsibility ...(Read More)

New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1

How long was the last one here? Feels like about a year, which would be about the same as all his pr...(Read More)

New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1

I wish the new governor great success in his upcoming difficult position. I would also like him to b...(Read More)

Chinese tourist drowns at Nai Harn

Of course it of utmost importance to state that "red flags were posted" so the blame goes ...(Read More)

Reach of the ancient empire. Were the Greeks or Romans in Phuket or the Peninsula?

I visited Egypt in 87. The statues and paintings did not look like present day Egyptians. When in T...(Read More)

Hope floats to raise the Phoenix

Probably can't swim either. ...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Never look back, never learn

Christy, this is Thailand. The worst punishment would be transferred to an inactive post. I know. Ha...(Read More)