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Phuket tour boats overturn in storm, rescue mission launched

 

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all available ambulances stand ready at Chalong Pier. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET:-- Rescue operations are underway to recover more than 120 tourists, including many children, in danger after the tour boats they were on overturned in separate incidents in rough seas in the storm that hit Phuket late this afternoon (July 5).

 

Chalong Police reported that the dive tour boat "Phoenix Diving" overturned near Koh Hei, south of Phuket, at about 5:45pm with a reported 97 people on board.

Another tour boat, named by police in Thai as "Zanetta", with a reported 39 people on board overturned near Koh Mai Thon, southeast from Phuket.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-tour-boats-overturn-in-storm-rescue-mission-launched-67762.php#emWdgiVhUWDUd5ae.97

 
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Not surprised boats got in trouble in that wind. I am surprised they were out there and hadn't made all haste back to shore before the weather hit. 

It was forecast and even I knew it was coming.

 

Hope all are ok.

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51 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

Not surprised boats got in trouble in that wind. I am surprised they were out there and hadn't made all haste back to shore before the weather hit. 

It was forecast and even I knew it was coming.

 

Hope all are ok.

I see Phoenix often at Racha noi, seems she was out later than usual. Maybe she was waiting it out, but after some time decided to return to chalong.

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Rethinking, looks like Phoenix returned same time as usual.

 

The name of the other boat doesn't ring a bell.

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I haven't dived for a while around Phuket but the biggest boat I have ever boarded had about 40 divers max, it seems incredible to host 97 people on a diving boat.

How can a boat this size can capsize in those waters? It's not the roaring forties...

Is it like an old big fishing boat refurbished and with many decks added that would drastically worsen its stability?

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Search mounted for 49 people missing in sea off Phuket

 

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Forty-nine people are still missing while 89 others were plucked from the rough sea off Phuket this afternoon after one dive boat and a yacht capsized.

 

Phuket governor Norapat Plodthong said at about 9 pm search teams were still looking for the remaining 49 people from the two ill-fated vessels.

 

It was reported that the dive boat with about 90 divers and their dive masters capsized off Koh Hey (Hey island) whereas a yacht with 39 passengers and crews went down in the stormy sea off Mai Thon island.

 

Rescue boats were rushed to their rescue off the two islands and managed to pluck from the sea altogether 89 people from the two vessels.  Of the 89 people, nine of them were injured and one in serious condition.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/search-mounted-49-people-missing-sea-off-phuket/

 

 
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Sorry to be a bit cynical, but these boat operators knew exactly what the weather conditions were like, and the forecast, but as always money is the driving factor. Not safety.

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Two Phuket tour boats sink in storm

By The Nation

 

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Photo from: Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

 

Two tour boats sank off Phuket on Thursday evening, forcing about 130 tourists into the sea until fishermen and marine police came to their rescue.
 

There are currently no reports of casualties but a relief operation centre has been set up at Chalong Bay for the victims. 

 

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Photo from: Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

 

Both accidents took place amid a rainstorm and rough seas. 

 

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Photo from: Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

 

There was also a report that two Russians went missing while riding a jet ski off Phuket’s Koh Racha during the storm. The authorities are now trying to locate them.

 

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Photo from: Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30349418

 
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The sea in the pictures doesn't look that rough to me. Maybe these photos were taken after 'the storm'.

 

I have to question how sea worthy these vessels are.

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Forty nine missing after boat capsizes off Thailand's Phuket island

 

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Image: Phuketotnews, people  given treatment after being rescued from capsized boat

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand's tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday.

 

Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions.

 

"Right now we are still looking for 49 people. We have helped 48 people from the capsized boat. We have sent boats to help," Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3.

 

"They were all wearing life jackets," he added.

 

The boat was one of three to encounter difficulties at sea in the area on Thursday, the navy said. Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

 

Thailand is already making international headlines after 12 boys and their junior soccer coach were found alive this week after becoming trapped inside a cave in the country's north.

 

Rescuers found the boys after 10 days and a multinational rescue operation to extract the boys is still ongoing.

Road and boat accidents involving tourists are common in Thailand, where safety standards are sometimes well below international norms.

 

However, accidents barely make a dent on Thailand's tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster economy.

 

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Gareth Jones)

 
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Carnage off the coast of Phuket

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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Two tour boats sank off Phuket late this afternoon, forcing about 130 tourists into the sea until fishermen and marine police came to their rescue.

 

There are currently no reports of casualties but a relief operation centre has been set up at Chalong Bay for the victims. A local fishing boat retrieved passengers from a liferaft following one of the many problems for tour boats off the coast of Phuket late this afternoon.

 

The first incident reported was a Russian couple on a jet-ski who disappeared at Koh Racha. They have been saved and were heading back to shore.

 

Full story:  https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/carnage-off-the-coast-of-phuket

 
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97 divers on a boat sounds improbable. I scuba dive a lot and for this many people PLUS all the gear, you are talking a very large vessel. More likely a group of snorkelers judging from the photos.
Questions will be asked, and "valuable lessons will be learned", e.g. a whitewash will happen. LOS tourism is not for changing.
This could be avoided by having an empowered harbourmaster ( I know I am dreaming ) who has a team responsible for ensuring boats are not overloaded and is able to red flag any passenger boats going out on bad weather days. Like the life guards do on the beach.

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