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Speeding tour boats continue to ignore safety laws

Speeding tour boats continue to ignore safety laws

PHUKET: The issue of tour speedboats speeding dangerously has reared its head again, with yet another injury from a “close pass” by a speedboat estimated to be travelling at about 25 knots in the approach to the channel leading to Royal Phuket Marina and Phuket Boat Lagoon.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 19 April 2023, 12:30PM

One of the tour speedboats speeding in the approach to the channel. Photo: Supplied

One of the tour speedboats speeding in the approach to the channel. Photo: Supplied

The ‘close pass’ resulted in a leg injury which required a private yacht passenger to be taken to hospital from Royal Phuket Marina by ambulance.

The speed limit in the approach to the channel, as marked by sign posts, is just five knots.

The ‘near miss’ happened at 5:15pm on Apr 3, with the injured passenger reporting several speedboats speeding through the channel, which is marked by posts to indicate safe passage into the channel.

The tide was just coming in, meaning the water depth in the channel was only 1.5 metres. The wake of several speedboats passing rocked the private motor yacht, but one speedboat in particular passed close by at an estimated 25 knots, the passenger told The Phuket News.

The wake from the speedboat rocked the motor yacht enough to cause a passenger to fall, seriously injuring his leg. Unable to walk, the passenger was taken from Royal Phuket Marina to hospital by ambulance. Doctors confirmed that no bones were broken in the fall, but the passenger still has great difficulty walking, and has undergone continuing physical therapy.

Of note, at 76-feet long (23m), the motor yacht affected by the passing speedboat is not small, and even sports a fly-bridge and four cabins.

The failure of speedboats to navigate the channel and its approach safely continues following a 12-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl being killed in a tour speedboat collision in the channel in 2020.

Royal Phuket Marina and Phuket Boat Lagoon, from where most of the tour boats using the channel operate, were notfiied of the injury within days of incident.


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Kakka2 | 20 April 2023 - 10:51:36

just think... when you see a noisy bike with a lot of smoke and speeding like crazy to show off their stupidity.. well.. that is exactly the same guy who drive those speed boat.. so that how it works mostly for those... what can you expect from those ignorant monkeys if no one going to seriously stop them and lock them somehow 

JohnC | 20 April 2023 - 08:55:04

ColRegs only work with people who have function brains that actually care about doing the right thing. These clowns in their unseaworthy locally made boats are all accidents waiting to happen. Usually overloaded like sardines in a tin and a so-called "captain" who only knows two speeds; flat out and stop. Take their jobs away and they will learn soon enough.

BosysurfNaiHarn | 19 April 2023 - 21:12:34

It works!

BosysurfNaiHarn | 19 April 2023 - 21:11:02

International Maritime Law, COLREGS, is there for a reason.


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