PHUKET – 43 foreign tourists from Phuket have been saved after water started pouring into a speedboat they were travelling in and capsized on the way to Koh Phi Phi.
At 11.40 am yesterday a speedboat named ‘Apitsada 1’ with 43 foreign tourists and two Thai guides, left from Chalong Pier to Koh Mai Thon and Koh Phi Phi.
When they were between Koh Dokmai (Flower Island) and Koh Keaw (Green Island), about 9.2 nautical miles from Phi Phi, the boat captain discovered that the boat was getting heavier.
The Crew found water getting inside the vessel which eventually causing it to capsize.
Thankfully there were other tour boats nearby to rescue all the passengers The Thaiger reported.
On January 26th six tourists and two boat crew were saved after their speedboat capsized two kilometers offshore from Koh Lanta in Krabi.
Officials at the Krabi Tourist Assistance Centre were notified of the incident at 11am. Navy and national park officers headed to the scene to find a speedboat which had capsized.
Eight people were floating in the water for about half an hour before they were rescued. All were wearing flotation vests.
On the trip there was one Thai tourist and five foreign tourists who were traveling on the speed boat between Koh Lanta and Koh Mah. When they were two kilometers off shore there were strong winds and waves that battered the boat before it eventually capsized and sank.
By Kritsada Mueanhawong
VIDEO from yesterday’s rescue of passengers on their way to Koh Phi Phi. 43 passengers saved, all safe and returned to Phuket.