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Two Russian children killed in Phuket speedboat collision

Two Russian children killed in Phuket speedboat collision

PHUKET: At least two people died and up to 22 people were injured in a speedboat collision off Phuket’s east coast this morning (Feb 10).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 10 February 2020, 10:36AM

Reports place the accident in the channel linking Phuket’s two main marinas with the the bay on the east side of the island at about 8:15am

The 22 injured in the accident were taken to vairous hospitals, as follows: four to Mission Hospital Phuket; 11 to Bangkok Hospital Phuket; six to Bangkok Hospital Siriroj; and one Russian national was taken to Vachira Hospital Phuket.

Video footage at the scene showed rescue workers performing CPR to young Western children.

Maj Ekachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police has confirmed that the two people killed were both children, and both Russian: a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

In his initial report this morning Maj Ekachai, along with Marine Police Region 8 Chief Col Prasert Srikhunrat, explained that tour boat “Payan 5”, operated by Seastar company, was en route from Laem Nga in Rassada to pick tourists up at Royal Phuket Marina when the accident happened.

While the Payan 5 was turning into the access channel to arrive at Royal Phuket Marina, it was struck by another boat, the “ALP” operated by LP company.

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The ALP boat was full with tourists and heading out into the bay from near Phuket Boat Lagoon, which is located further along the access channel, Col Prasert said.

There were 39 people on the two boats, he noted.

Of those, 15 people received immediate medical treatment and discharged from care, and a further 20 people were taken to the four hospitals above.

Four crewmen on the two boats were not injured, he added.

“At this time, the investigation into the collision is still ongoing. Officers will inspect the scene of the accident before traveling to see the injured persons at the hospitals next,” Col Prasert said.

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Sandbar | 11 February 2020 - 07:13:50

Our thoughts turn to our Russian friends  for thier tragic loss to thier young ones. May there be a fair and unbiased investigation to this tragic accident as well as a stingent review of saftey procedures to tourist boat operators!

Kurt | 10 February 2020 - 13:56:29

Immediate suspension  of both tour speed boat drivers until investigations are completed. The guilty ones never allowed to drive a tour boat any more. Authorities have to come up with very tough measures to stop this total unneeded accidents. The soft approach,.. 'let's forget it, it are just tourists' must change. That has to be seen in punishment of boat drivers.

gigitour | 10 February 2020 - 13:27:09

they are crazy unleashed.  this is the safety of navigation

Kurt | 10 February 2020 - 13:17:46

Well, it seems the ideas about the 'rules of the road' at sea didn't reach Thailand yet. At least not the supervision on it. Thai didn't learn from the Phoenix disaster. Short memories as always when it comes to disasters. Abroad they remember it much longer.


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