THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

‘Divers to check sunken boat for Chinese tourists,’ says Phuket Governor

PHUKET: The search for dozens of missing Chinese tourists whose boat capsized off Phuket yesterday afternoon resumed early today, with divers poised to scour the sunken hull, the local governor told reporters.

accidentsChinesedisastersdeathmarinemilitarypoliceweatherhealth
By AFP

Friday 6 July 2018, 08:43AM


The boat, which had left Koh Racha to return to Phuket, was carrying 105 passengers, the majority Chinese tourists. Photo: Kritsada Muenhawong / AFP

The boat, which had left Koh Racha to return to Phuket, was carrying 105 passengers, the majority Chinese tourists. Photo: Kritsada Muenhawong / AFP

The Phoenix dive boat ran into trouble yesterday (July 5), when it was hammered by five-metre high waves that had been whipped up by a storm.

The boat, which had left Koh Racha to return to Phuket, was carrying 105 passengers, the majority Chinese tourists.

The body of one of the passengers, believed to be Chinese, was pulled from the sea late yesterday and brought to shore, shortly before the search was called off for the night.

Helicopters, police and fishing boats were deployed early today (July 6) as the rescue mission restarted.

“We will conduct air searches and send divers to check inside the sunken Phoenix boat,” Governor Norraphat Plodthong said.

“Police investigators said most of the tourists were wearing life jackets,” when the boat went down, he added.

Stunned survivors of the boat accident huddled in blankets at Chalong Pier late yesterday.

QSI International School Phuket

Some cried while others appeared dazed as they walked around still wearing their life vests.

“Eleven are injured, of these two are in serious condition,” Governor Norraphat added.

The Phoenix was among several boats that appeared to have ignored a severe weather warning in place since Wednesday (July 4) to take tourists on day-trips to the islands that dot the seas off Phuket.

A Chinese consular official arrived at the operations centre in Phuket to monitor the rescue effort.

Several other vessels hit trouble late yesterday. Initial reports from officials said all of the passengers on those boats were rescued.

But as details dripped through overnight, Governor Norraphat said two passengers were still unaccounted for from another stricken ship.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

"Ban the drivers license for 10 years"Oooh,that's what they do in Singapore or other 4...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

This road has become a very dangerous rat run for vehicles accessing Thepkassatri Road over the past...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

Clearly Thai's do not follow any rules unless they are made to financially, the result is ongoin...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

Maybe some sort of "Traffic Enforcement" police could be hired to patrol the roadways and ...(Read More)


Cherng Talay to be hit with mains water supply shut-off

A real SMART province, that Phuket Talking about satellites, but 13 Days no water. If you tell this ...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

Not enough law enforcement, and penalties are to laugh about. Ban drivers license for 10 years, con...(Read More)


New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Maybe the Mass Murderer was addicted to psychotropic drugs / anti-depressants or the AU Gov subsidiz...(Read More)


Thailand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights for 7 days

This may answer a lot of questions & doubts; Moon of Alabama Boeing, The FAA, And Why Two 737 ...(Read More)


Man, 82, dead after motorbike struck by BMW

@....: Have you seen how and why its happen??...(Read More)


Bottas wins best race of his life at Australian Grand Prix

Not really a race. No on-track passing among the top 5 after the first 2 laps. Nice parade, though...(Read More)