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Swiss sailor adrift off Koh Yao Yai declines assistance

Swiss sailor adrift off Koh Yao Yai declines assistance

PHUKET: A Swiss sailor on a yacht diasbled by engine failure off Koh Yao Yai has declined assistance from a Royal Thai Navy patrol to be towed back to safe harbour.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10:09AM

Navy patrol boat Tor 233 was informed of the sailing yacht adrift without engine power at midday yesterday (July 11) and arrived to find the yacht halfway between Koh Naka Yai and Koh Yao Yai, east of Phuket, at about 1:30pm.

Strong winds and the swell of 1-1.5 metres prevented the Navy boat from pulling alongside due to concerns of damaging the yacht, the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command reported.

On board the yacht was a Swiss national named by the Navy report only as “Mr Oliver”, and his daughter.

Mr Oliver confirmed that he had informed the VTS operations at Chalong Pier of the yacht’s condition. His engine had overheated and failed. Parts had been ordered and were due to arrive in the coming days, said the Navy report.

Mr Oliver declined to be towed to port.

After confirming that Mr Oliver had enough supplies and drinking water on board, Navy boat Tor 233 resumed its normal patrols at 2:15pm, the Navy report concluded.

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christysweet | 14 July 2022 - 10:28:19

Quick Mr Oliver, hoist that sail and get out  these waters. Once a honcho gets wind of your boat, it will be declared a menace and confiscated then you can spend  $$ thousands  and a  year getting her back - heavily damaged and stripped somewhat... 

Kurt | 13 July 2022 - 12:54:57

@Taswegian, yes, after looking with a magnify glass, that is a ancher chain, but the vessel is not showing the black anchor ball.

Taswegian | 13 July 2022 - 11:50:19

Looking at the picture I see, if that is not an anchor chain that appears to be holding at the bow of the yacht...

Kurt | 13 July 2022 - 10:27:28

The saling yacht was not at drift, in danger or a danger to other traffic. It was fully manoevreble with her sails. Perhaps didn't achor because water was to deep, or below were coral banks. Perhaps mr oliver is a professional word sailor. He seems to know perfect that accept towing by non professionals would have costed him salvage fee. Spare parts were ordered, so technical knowleds on board...

JohnC | 13 July 2022 - 09:10:18

If the guy had any sense of boat handling in such a situation the anchor would be dropped so the vessel does not drift in to a worse  position or become a hazard to other marine traffic.  It seems clear the guy is no expert on boating responsibilities. Engine overheated and failed points to poor maintenance and a lack of mechanical skills. I hope his navigational skills are far better....

Sir Burr | 13 July 2022 - 04:04:11

He probably refused help because he didn't want any claims of salvage against his boat.

Kurt | 12 July 2022 - 17:54:31

@Kakka2, the captain of a vessel not in serious distress can refuse any help offered. Afterall it is a sailing yacht, not depend on engine only. And the sea looks calm on photos. Yacht not adrift, just relaxing. Perhaps cooking time on board ?

Kakka2 | 12 July 2022 - 16:24:17

was he one of many farang with boat and no licence? why would he not want to be helped? well... 


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