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Two dead, and more than 50 injured in speedboat collision off Phuket

PHUKET: Two tourists are dead and more than 50 injured after two speedboats from Phuket carrying mostly Chinese tourists collided near Phi Phi Island at about at midday today (June 8).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 8 June 2016, 01:31PM

Phuket Marine Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Prasert Srikunarat named the two speedboats as the Chonlakij and the Hongfa 33.

The collision occurred while the Chonlakij was carrying 36 people in total, including passengers and crew, from Phuket to Phi Phi Island, while the Hongfa 33 was travelling from Phi Phi Island to Phuket, he explained.

The Hongfa 33 was carrying 26 people, including passengers and crew, when the collicion occurred, he added.

“The incident happened near the Moosang Rocks, between Koh Dokmai and Phi Phi Island, about 30 nautical miles from Phuket,” Col Prasert said.

“The Chonlakij sank, but all people on board were rescued by dive boats nearby. Rescuers transported some of the victims to a pier in Rassada.”

Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipyayapongtada in a statement issued this afternoon confirmed that two tourists had died, one male and one female. The bodies of both tourists were taken to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Gov Chamroen did not identify the victims’ names or nationalities.

A total of seven people were seriously injured in the collision, while a further 19 suffered injuries requiring medical attention, Gov Chamroen reported.

A further 26 people suffered minor injuries and were taken to Mission Hospital for treatment, he added.

“Most of the tourists on board the two boats were Chinese or Korean. A total of 62 people were on board the boats at the time of the collision,” he said.

Police confirmed to The Phuket News that all 62 people are accounted for.

“There are no persons missing,” one officer told The Phuket News.

The names of the injured and the deceased have yet to be confirmed by authorities.



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Kurt | 08 June 2016 - 20:28:59

On Phuket the potential dangers for tourists are, just to mention a few:
Busses, taxis, mini vans, jet skies, parasail landings, speed boats, bangla road area.
All here mentioned are at least weekly negative, and sometimes deadly, in the Phuket newspapers.
And nothing change.
The Government is serious in talks, but not serious in handling the problems.

As long a taxi driver can 'wave...

Pauly44 | 08 June 2016 - 20:22:30

Unfortunately there is an infinite supply of absent minded gullible tourists who will entrust their safety to these idiot cowboys allowing them to continue to operate recklessly with no regard for the consequences of their actions both at sea and on the roads, it's a fact of life here and will never change, RIP. 

Rich 44 | 08 June 2016 - 19:34:24

Shouldn't any driver of a boat be trained in safe operation before being issued a license ? And any driver who is allowed to carry paying passengers be especially trained in the safe operation of the boat before being certified to carry even one passenger ? Time to set up a mariner training facility.

Ed Sanders | 08 June 2016 - 18:33:44

Sickening to see the pain and tragedy wreaked on tourists at the hands of these utter fools. So here you go Thai/Phuket Officials...more death and destruction... what kind of feel good crap are you going to report now???  This is seriously starting to make me reconsider my long term plans in the dangerous and deadly LOS.

Foot | 08 June 2016 - 17:32:46

You'd think the story would be told as to what happened that caused the death of two.
I guess that wasn't considered important enough to interrupt the picture taking.

slippery snake | 08 June 2016 - 16:30:20

How can this happen, they in the middle of the ocean and run into each other,  don't they look where the hell they are going ?  they are as bad on the sea as they are on the roads...  be another one next week for sure.   If not sooner !   These idiots do nothing to improve your tourist image, it gets worse weekly..

simon01 | 08 June 2016 - 15:24:54

Well may be now the government will see the disasters are the speed boats fault. Big Swell?? then they should not be out and if they can not see then go slowly. This is too much for the idiots to think of as they really are that stupid and they are allowed to risk upto 50 lives per day do these monkeys (except the monkeys are smarter)The speed boats are the cause of 99% of all marine accidents in ...

Richard Vickers | 08 June 2016 - 14:06:31

And the insanity continues...death and destruction at the hands of ignorant incompetent people is just a regular fact of life here, and Thai officials at all levels are clueless how to address it. The only other reason that it continues would be because the officials find it acceptable...allowable losses.

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