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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing

By The Nation

 

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The Harbour Department announced at 1.26pm on Friday that 40 passengers of the ill-fated Phoenix dive boat were confirmed killed in the sinking on Thursday.

 

Rescuers continued to comb the sea around Phuket for the remaining 16 missing Chinese, said the department in a statement. Forty-nine people have been rescued, it added.

 

Most of the recovered bodies had not yet been sent ashore to be held at Vachira Phuket Hospital. Many had been found trapped inside the boat.

 

The Phoenix dive boat was carrying 105 passengers – 93 tourists and 12 boat crew and tour guides – when it sank in the Andaman Sea near Phuket on Thursday.

 

Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30349478

 

 
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So, severe weather warnings were clearly issued,  The operators disregarded this and the boats went out  Now 40 confirmed dead. Someone has some serious questions to answer. ‘Mai pen rai’ won’t work this time surely.

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1 minute ago, sgiandubh69 said:

So, severe weather warnings were clearly issued,  The operators disregarded this and the boats went out  Now 40 confirmed dead. Someone has some serious questions to answer. ‘Mai pen rai’ won’t work this time surely.

The government has stepped in and will pay them off. The Chinese are familiar with this kind of solution.

 

Thai marine enforcement bodies have shown over decades that they are unable to regulate safety in the sector of the industry dealing with tourists (ferries, dive boats, day trips, jet skis, collisions with swimmers / surfacing divers, etc.). The accidents and fatalities keep coming with regularity, every single year, lots of them. The only thing that may work is a blanket ban by the Chinese on sending package tourists to Phuket or Thailand. In fact, I imagine the Chinese consul has already threatened this.

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Thats a big boat. It must have been big waves to sink it. Something I dont think anyone had seen there before. With several boats swamped and in trouble it is more an untimely event than any negligence. They can only go on what they have experienced in the past.

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2 minutes ago, sgiandubh69 said:

So, severe weather warnings were clearly issued,  The operators disregarded this and the boats went out  Now 40 confirmed dead. Someone has some serious questions to answer. ‘Mai pen rai’ won’t work this time surely.

Money first, safety ………………..………...what safety ?

 

Two responsibilities exist with this tragic debacle, the boat captain who decided to ignore warning and set sail fully loaded - we have the captain claiming there were 5m sized waves as though he is trying to blame the waves, sorry but that doesn't fly, you took risks disregarding safety to line your pockets.

 

The 2nd responsibility is with the authorities (who incidently have now banned boats setting out) who should have enforced a sailing ban before this tragic event - but as usual they take action after the fact - a very common occurrence here which is too late and many people are now dead because of it.

 

Those responsible for both of the above should be arrested and face severe criminal charges - it is the only way the message will get across

 

This is a massive disaster considering the death toll all of which could have been avoided

 

Yes Thailand is safe for tourists …...right ?

 

RIP 

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8 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

The government has stepped in and will pay them off. The Chinese are familiar with this kind of solution.

 

Thai marine enforcement bodies have shown over decades that they are unable to regulate safety in the sector of the industry dealing with tourists (ferries, dive boats, day trips, jet skis, collisions with swimmers / surfacing divers, etc.). The accidents and fatalities keep coming with regularity, every single year, lots of them. The only thing that may work is a blanket ban by the Chinese on sending package tourists to Phuket or Thailand. In fact, I imagine the Chinese consul has already threatened this.

no but they can stop people smoking on an open air beach who are using ashtrays with threats of huge fines and jail time, something seriously wrong with that

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You have to investigate the circumstances more. I have been on a much smaller wooden boat in the Maldives which was sailing in smooth waters all day to an island and diving and on the way back a storm blew up and it was getting a little concerning. We couldnt see where we were going even and almost ran aground.

 

I can swim well we had life jackets so I wasnt that worried even if the boat went down. But the chinese on board were praying.

 

So these boats it must have been an unusually big storm to sink them. 

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I hope as much international attention is paid to this incident as to the boys in the cave, to ensure disasters like this are not repeated. 

 

Dont let the world think that Chinese tourists’ lives count for less than Thai footballers.

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This is an absolutely dreadful tragedy. This is far more serious an incident than that in the Chiang Rai cave.

 

Yet the local and international news will barely cover it, and you can bet your bottom dollar the powers that be will do their utmost to bury the story and play down it's seriousness.

 

There are no heroes in this story, and if past tragedies are anything to go by there will be little in the way of punitive steps taken, and even less learned in terms of improving customer safety.

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Got on a boat to Koh Sumui years ago, following a long arduous train journey...I’d say it was 2x overloaded, I’m a strong swimmer & was a youngster so didn’t over concern myself, if it was an aircraft I would have got off before it took off !! I can Swim but not Fly,!!

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16 minutes ago, Jeremy50 said:

Don't expect this to get much news coverage for long.         R.I.P. 40+ Chinese Tourists.

No, because world news is currently fixated on the cave survivors up north. It's really sad news at a time where the country was rejoicing.

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Bodies seen in sunken ’Phoenix’ dive boat off Phuket

 

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The ’Phoenix’ dive boat which sunk of Koh Hei at around 4pm yesterday (July 6) afternoon. Photo: Marine Department

 

PHUKET:-- It has been confirmed this afternoon that a number of bodies have been seen inside the sunken ‘Phoenix’ dive boat which overturned and sunk in a storm off Phuket yesterday afternoon with 105 passengers on board.

 

A report issued by AFP today (July 6) quotes Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrase as saying that divers had “seen over 10 bodies” floating inside the vessel.

 

“In a grisly development, divers reported seeing ‘over 10 bodies’ floating inside the hull of the submerged boat, according to Thai navy Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrasee, who said they would try to retrieve them later Friday,” the AFP report says.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/bodies-seen-in-sunken-phoenix-dive-boat-off-phuket-67779.php#ahSJps9LksiDy6JO.97

 
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Looking at the boats picture there is no way 5 meter waves overcame this boat. Something catastrophic happened.

My guess would be the engine room.Or all 100 passengers were on the leeward side and the boat blew over.

Load shifting its called.

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