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Russian family rescued from sea after Phuket speedboat sinks

PHUKET: A Russian family, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued from the sea after the tour speedboat they were travelling sank near Koh Hong in Krabi yesterday (Nov 8).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 9 November 2016, 12:24PM

The Russian family, speedboat captain and Thai tour guide were all safely rescued about five nautical miles south of Koh Hong. Photo: Jampen Phomphakdee

The Russian family, speedboat captain and Thai tour guide were all safely rescued about five nautical miles south of Koh Hong. Photo: Jampen Phomphakdee

All eight survivors were recovered with no reports of injuries, officials confirmed.

Local park chief Jampen Phomphakdee and his team recovered the family about five nautical miles south of Koh Hong after receiving a mayday call from the speedboat captain Ekkachai Rachakan.

“We took two dinghies and one longtail boat to search for them,” Chief Jampen reported.

“We rescued five Russians and the Thai guide and the captain,” he added,

“All tourists were wearing life jackets and holding onto floats. All seven were safe and were taken to Koh Hong where they could recover,” he explained.


Tour guide Manasaya Hirano, 35, told The Phuket News, “We picked up a Russian couple and their three daughters from Phuket and visited Koh Hong then Koh Gai (Chicken Island).

“We left (Koh Gai) at 4pm and started heading to Koh Yao. We were about four kilometres (sic) from Koh Hong when we noticed water coming in at the back of the boat. Then our boat started to sink,” she said.

“Our captain Ekkachai called park officials for help.” Ms Manasaya added.

Chief Jampen confirmed to The Phuket News that all seven were safely returned to Phuket by 6pm.



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Kurt | 09 November 2016 - 21:23:09

Tourists have to realize that ..safety first.., like in Singapore and more countries is not a thai thinking.
So, no safe busses,  Patong hill and flipping along thai roads.
Plywood boats exploding, catching fire, etc.
The combined thai feeling/believing, a mixture of buddhisme and animism, makes thai have a completely lack of safety thinking. 
Daily accidents prove that.
In which other countr...

Kurt | 09 November 2016 - 13:56:52

When Thai Government starts to check periodically to check these speedboats and issue safety certificates.
No safety certificate, no sailing. period.

When start Thai Government to act to make sure tourists are safe, on boats, in busses, in Van's ?

I am sure there are thai laws in place. why not enforce them!

Again I advice tourists, as before, do not board these plywood boats, they a...

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