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Several injured as boat explodes at Viking Cave Koh Phi Phi

PHUKET: Officials from the Hat Nopparat- Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park have confirmed that several people have sustained serious injuries when a boat exploded at Viking Cave at Phi Phi Island south of Phuket.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 14 January 2018, 02:46PM


The boat exploded at Viking Cave Koh Phi Phi at 11:30am today (Jan 14). Photo: Krabi Marine Police

The boat exploded at Viking Cave Koh Phi Phi at 11:30am today (Jan 14). Photo: Krabi Marine Police

It is believed that the explosion happened due to a faulty fuel supply line.

Chief of the Hat Nopparat- Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Worapoj Lomlim has confirmed to The Phuket News today (Jan 14) that there was a boat explosion at Viking Cave at 11:10 am.

“There were 31 people on the King Poseidon, 26 Chinese tourists and five Thais.    

“A rescue team delivered three of the injured to Vachira Phuket Hospital while others have been sent to Phi Phi Hospital and Krabi Hospital,” he said.

I can confirm that five people have been seriously injured, but no deaths have yet been reported to us,” he added.

Mr Worapoj also confirmed that it is currently believed a faulty fuel line and leakage caused the explosion but the investigation is just underway.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

 

 

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DeKaaskopp | 16 January 2018 - 15:33:22

"World wide published by victims themselves.About 1 death and all.."Did the fatality publish his own death or did he spoke to the yellow press?? No downgrading of an accident here,as there is still no fatality.

malczx7r | 16 January 2018 - 09:30:05

The death report was on Thai news for all those concerned why i stated something to be wrong, I did say the word "apparently" if you would like to re-read! I'm sure all the commentators here have never made a mistake!

Kurt | 15 January 2018 - 18:50:12

World wide published by victims themselves. About 1 death and all the 16 wounded.
This has nothing to do with 'regular posters', just with keeping up with accurate news.

Downgrading accidents for the sake of face saving is a big problem in Thailand.
It works contra productive, and make people, specially tourists, loose trust about thai goverment departments responsible for tourist saf...

ematt | 15 January 2018 - 17:56:51

Regular posters on this site have never been particularly concerned with accuracy....

DeKaaskopp | 15 January 2018 - 15:57:03

False statements in the comment section,as at this point there is no fatality.

Kurt | 15 January 2018 - 11:18:30

Presume that lifting of the exploded plywood boat will happen after all foreign tourists left Thailand.
Than lesser risks for foreign claims. Tourists gone, case closed.
Strategic responsible avoiding thinking.

Kurt | 15 January 2018 - 11:12:27

May be something for the Governor to 'order':
A fire safety training with the Fire brigade in order to get a driver boat man license to be allowed to drive a (not sea worthy) sea going plywood boat.

Kurt | 15 January 2018 - 08:40:33

Actually: 1 death, 16 wounded, of which 6 very serious.
It went press wise all over the world.

malczx7r | 14 January 2018 - 18:58:30

1 dead apparently, engine oil was leaking one person said, not sure how an oil leak would cause an explosion?  Apparently a crew hand informed the captain of an oil leak, the captain lifted the hatch and boom! I'm gonna guess, it was a fuel leak and the captain was smoking at the time he went to look.  Lets see!

Kurt | 14 January 2018 - 18:40:05

These cheap plywood boats are not sea worthy.
At sea they are bumping and everything is resonating.
Easily a fuel line can disconnect or tear throughout time.
And as long the thai government allow these boats to use fuel with that flash point, that long fires and explosion will occur.
Just that simple.

Governors words about safety are appreciated, but as we see every time. It stops with wor...

simon01 | 14 January 2018 - 15:25:38

So sad that these cheap, unsafe boats are still allowed. Every year they crash, sink run people over, catch fire, explode, lose people and have customers drown. But this does not seem to bother people. Nothing is done to stop it.  Its so sad that tourists come to this beautiful island to have a great holiday and yet the safety of these tours is terrible. I hope this is the last speed boat accident

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