Officials posted on the park’s Facebook page yesterday (Sept 16) that the 14 passengers of the 70-foot catamaran Shangani were rescued by park officials using a patrol boat and a speedboat off Koh Phi Phi.
The engine of the catamaran had failed, the Facebook post said.
The boat was also carrying seven crew members and all were safe.
Park Chief Worapoj Lomlin told Thai news portal Naew Na yesterday that the rescue operation took more than one hour.
The park official said the Spanish family members were transferred to a resort on Phi Phi before their return to Phuket. The catamaran was towed to the island, where it was waiting for mechanics to arrive from Phuket to fix the engine, he added.
According to the Tiger Marine Charters website, the Shangani can carry up to 60 passengers.
The Meteorological Department yesterday warned of high waves in the Andaman Sea until Thursday due to the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut on the South China Sea.