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Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

PHUKET: A Marine Police boat was dispatched to safely recover 33 tourists stranded on Koh Racha Yai late yesterday (July 18) due to the strong storm conditions.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 19 July 2018, 09:32AM

The 33 tourists, including some from China,Russia,Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands, disembark safely at Chalong Pier late yesterday afternoon (July 18). Photo: Phuket Marine Police

The 33 tourists, including some from China,Russia,Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands, disembark safely at Chalong Pier late yesterday afternoon (July 18). Photo: Phuket Marine Police

The tourists had arrived on the island by speedboat but could not safely return to Phuket due to the strong wind and waves.

The wind was so strong that they could net even board the speedboat from the beach, and the Marine Department Region 5 Office in Phuket was called for assistance.

Sakorn Pudam a senior officer at the Phuket Marine Office, then called the Marine Police for assistance, which dispatched their boat Tor 706, designated Suthep, from Phuket with Lt Col Sophon Manatsith and Maj Tharapong Preuksatharakul on board to pickup the tourists.

All 33 of the tourists, which comprised 13 from China, four from Russia, two from the Netherlands, two from South Africa, one from Australia and 11 Thais, were brought safely back to Chalong Pier.

However, other tourists remained stranded on Koh Racha overnight, Mr Sakorn explained.

“They will be brought back to Phuket today,” he said.



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Rorri_2 | 21 July 2018 - 10:32:16

"9.July 2018.Table Rock Lake/Missouri" we accept accidents happen EVERYWHERE, it's the frequency of them here, the follow up, the investigation and the genuine procedures put in place to "prevent" them from happening, these are the big difference... stop picking on individual, isolated cases simply the support your argument.

KurtTi | 20 July 2018 - 15:03:33

19.July 2018.Table Rock Lake/Missouri. A tourist boat capsizes in bad weather.There was a storm warning.11 People dead and 5 people missing.A news for all those who think that recklesness exists only in Thailand! Thanks and goodbye!

Rorri_2 | 20 July 2018 - 08:46:01

@ Asterix, sadly tourist put their faith in the hands of people they believe are "professionals," sadly, we know, they are not "professionals" only money hunger swine.

Kurt | 19 July 2018 - 20:57:29

As a tourist, never been on Phuket, perhaps never been near sea areas during their life, one can not expect from them to analyse the yes/no dangers of sailing that day.
Tourists trust ( unfortunately) the thai phuket authorities in sailing safety matters  and the skills/ responsibility of speedboat man ( they not have). All unfortunately wrong expectations as we see day after day.

Kurt | 19 July 2018 - 13:41:47

Again we see the same. A few days ago I wrote that we can wait for the next dumb boatman to sail out despite storm warning.Their learning curve, for authorities and boatman, is ZERO. Long live unsafe tourist-Phuket.
And authorities? They just let it happen, again, again, and again. It almost becomes criminal what speedboats do, and authorities not do.

Concernd | 19 July 2018 - 11:08:03

Better Save then Sorry

Asterix | 19 July 2018 - 10:49:46

Tourists should understand that going to remote islands during the monsoon, bad weather may block them on shore or on the islands a few days and that it is important to plan few days before and certainly few days after the island trip to be safely on main land ready to go to airport on time in order to avoid to buy a new air ticket for missed flight.

BenPendejo | 19 July 2018 - 10:31:03

The big question was why did the speedboat venture out there in the first place, in spite of the weather warning for small craft to stay in port. I guess this genius boat captain knew better than that silly Marine Office.  In light of everything that has happened of late, that should be the last tour that captain will be on. But we know that wont happen. People are nuts to trust these fools.

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