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Phuket: 20 divers rescued as boat sinks in Andaman Sea
Alasdair Forbes

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The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip.

PHUKET: -- Another dive boat has been lost in the Andaman Sea, the second in less than two weeks.

Details are sketchy but it has been confirmed that the MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip.

All 20 or so people on board are safe, though they lost their belongings, and a great deal of expensive dive gear is understood to have gone down with the boat.

Pekka Torri, the Finnish principal of Chalong Sea Sports, confirmed that the boat had been lost with all equipment after a fire.

The Phuket News understand that the fire may have been the result of an electrical fault but Mr Torri said he was as yet unable to confirm that this was the case.

He confirmed, however, that all the crew and divers were rescued unharmed, having been taken off the burning vessel by a passing fishing boat. All have now returned to Phuket. He declined to comment further.

The Blue Star was a 28-metre liveaboard vessel with 13 cabins capable of accommodating up to 26 passengers. She had a maximum speed on 10 knots.

On January 29, the dive boat Aladdin, based out of Ranong, was holed and sank in 10 minutes As with the Blue Star, there were no casualties but the boat was a complete loss.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-20-divers-rescued-as-boat-sinks-in-andaman-sea-44528.php

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-- Phuket News 2014-02-10

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While on Chalong sea sports. Does anyone know where their earlier Similan boat, Thai Sea, is or has it been decommissioned already?

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Makes three this season. Looks like no one is maintaining the boats. The shark dive shops selling packages should be liable as well.

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No boat trips for me when I go to Phuket. And no buses either. Nor vans. Nor motorcycles. Looks like I'll be walking everywhere.

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There was a couple of Korean pedestrians killed recently also.

I think, wherever you are , you should just stay in bed.

Like the german guy who died there?

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No boat trips for me when I go to Phuket. And no buses either. Nor vans. Nor motorcycles. Looks like I'll be walking everywhere.

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There was a couple of Korean pedestrians killed recently also.

I think, wherever you are , you should just stay in bed.

Like the german guy who died there?

It's better to stay at home.. oh wait, plenty of accidents happen while in home.

As far as I know, no one has been able to survive the life. Some people however take the best of it while they are still breathing.

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Chalong Sea Sports is fairly reputable though arent they? Not like some of the other fly by night diving companies

I think this might just be bad luck.

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Chalong Sea Sports is fairly reputable though arent they? Not like some of the other fly by night diving companies

I think this might just be bad luck.

Agree with you, I trusted that boat and think it was bad luck. The company was taken over before the season started, and money for investments was lacking.

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Chalong Sea Sports is fairly reputable though arent they? Not like some of the other fly by night diving companies

I think this might just be bad luck.

Agree with you, I trusted that boat and think it was bad luck. The company was taken over before the season started, and money for investments was lacking.

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Not sure what you are trying to say here...

Bad luck ,and/or " money for investments was lacking"

Do you mean lack of money lead to lack of maintaining a safe seaworthy boat..if thats so its not bad luck its bad management, isn't it?

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Sounds like a good place to scavenge dive for gear.

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If you want to talk responsibilities, what about the safety inspection process from the gov't licensing agency? IMO, whether you talk about the lack of safety on boats or on the highway, a primary underlying responsibility always points back to a lack of gov't requirements.

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Bad luck my ass. Another nautical POS sinks off Phuket. Anyone chartering anything here is taking a big risk.

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