At 5pm yesterday (May 24), Phuket Marine Office received a report that the Myamar-registered trawler Aung Sein Myat was sinking south of Racha Noi Island south of Phuket.
Then at 3am today (May 25), the captain of the Or Arun Samuth 5 fishing trawler, Mr Chana Gromsakunnee, sent a further report stating that the Aung Sein Myat hand sunk completely but that all 14 crew were safely aboard the Or Arun Samuth 5.
A vessel from the Phuket Marine Police then attended the scene and brought the captain and crew of the Aung Sein Myat back to the Paesang Port in Phuket.
Health checks were carried out on all crew members and then the owner of the sunken vessel was requested to come to Phuket to retrieve the crew.
Phuket Marine office reported that the Aung Sein Myat had departed from Penang in Malaysia on May 23 and was travelling to Marid in Myanmar. It was due to arrive on May 27.
During its voyage, the Aung Sein Myat was hit by a large wave which caused a break in its hull and the boat to start taking on water. A pump instaled on the boat failed to remove the water so the captain ordered his crew to abandon ship.
Luckily the crew managed to board a lifeboat before the boat sunk.
Mr Chana said, “At 4pm yesterday we found the Aung Sein Myat sinking and there were goods floating in the water.
“We then saw a lifeboat with the crew of the sunken vessel on board. They were so happy to see us,” he said.
Mr Surat Sirisaiyat, Director of Phuket Marine Office 5, added, “We are currently unable to estimate the cost of damage because it is a foreign boat, and also because some of the goods it was carrying were floating on the water while other goods had sunk.
“We now have to contact the Phuket Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) for them them to check the environmental effect from this incident,” he said.
“As for salvaging the sunken vessel, we are now waiting for the owner to get back in touch with us,” he said.