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Police search for suspect as 80ft tour boat sunk in Chalong Bay

Police search for suspect as 80ft tour boat sunk in Chalong Bay

PHUKET: Police are investigating possible sabotage the led to an 80-foot Phuket tour boat moored in Chalong Bay to be sunk this morning (Aug 29).

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 01:04PM


The 80-foot tour boat ’Dragon Boy’, better known as the ’Lady Andaman’, in Chalong Bay this morning (Aug 29). Photo: Supplied

The 80-foot tour boat ’Dragon Boy’, better known as the ’Lady Andaman’, in Chalong Bay this morning (Aug 29). Photo: Supplied

Marine Police have been notified, the boat's former owner, who goes by his nickname ‘Sando’, told The Phuket News just after midday.

The boat, now registered as Dragon Boy, is better known as the 80-foot (about 24.3 metres long) Lady Andaman.

The boat was valued at about B6 million and was recently sold, Sando said.

“But it had no insurance because the boat was already under contract and had been sold. It was just waiting to go into dry dock in two to three weeks to be converted into a liveaboard dive boat for the coming high season,” he explained.

The boat sank at about 11am, Sando told The Phuket News.

“Police say they have been told that a man was seen taking a dinghy out to the boat and boarding it at about 8am,” he said.

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“We went out later this morning to fix the bilge pumps because we were told that the boat was taking on water. We came back on shore and then I got a call telling me that the boat had sunk,” he added.

“Police have checked CCTV but there is no coverage in that area,” Sando said, adding that police were continuing their investigation with one suspect in particular in mind.

 The boat last made headlines in 2014 as the Lady Andaman when it sank in Chalong Bay after it struck a concrete mooring block placed in the middle of the approach channel to Chalong Pier. (See story here.)

The same concrete mooring block sank another tour boat with 19 Russians on board for a ‘booze cruise’ nearly a year earlier, with the Phuket Marine Office defending the location of where the morring block had been placed. (See story here.)

 

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Kurt | 31 August 2018 - 13:46:59

That Chalong Marine Bay is already for years a disaster.
Concrete blocks ripping boats open, floating part pier sank, fire/explosions on boats. Refueling boats at beach. ( continues pollution) Leaks floating oil station. And that all straight under the eyes of the non functioning marine office on Chalong pier. Are the officers ever looking out of the windows? Short of binoculars?

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