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Chinese tourists give Phuket a miss after boat tragedy, even as Thai authorities tighten safety measures

By Pichayada Promchertchoo



The salvaged vessel of Phoenix PC Diving, which capsized and sank off the popular resort island Phuket on July 5, 2018, killing 47 Chinese tourists. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)


PHUKET: On Jul 5 this year, as the world was transfixed on a cave in northern Thailand where a junior football team was trapped, a tragedy was unfolding in its southern waters. 


A boat carrying 89 tourists and 12 crew members capsized in a raging storm before sinking off the popular resort island Phuket. The vessel's final journey ended at the bottom of the Andaman Sea, along with 47 lives trapped inside the cabins – parents, children and elderly travellers, all tourists from China. 


The capsize of Phoenix PC Diving was one of the worst maritime disasters in Thai history and its consequences have been far-reaching, particularly on the country's tourism sector.

Full story: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/chinese-tourists-give-phuket-a-miss-after-boat-tragedy-even-as-11040416


Channel NEWSASIA: 2018-12-22

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