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13 rescued after Phuket cruise boat hits rock

Thirteen people, including 11 German tourists, had to be rescued on Sunday morning (December 21) when the small cruise boat they were on hit a rock and became stuck fast on it.

The incident took place near Leam Ka Yai Beach in Rawai.

boat sinks in PhuketThe Deputy Mayor of Rawai, Theerepong Taodang, said that he was told by people from the Sea Gypsy village in Rawai that the two-deck boat, Electric Blue, had collided with the rock, cracking the hull.

The boat was heeling over to one side, he said, and those aboard were afraid it was going to sink.

Three long-tail boats and Rawai municipal rescuers in a dinghy were able to bring all the tourists safely to shore but the boat remained jammed on the rock.

Attempts were to be made today to to refloat it and bring it to shore for repairs.

Boonpeng Hanfalien, 42, a Thai passenger, explained that she had chartered Electric Blue on December 19 from Chalong pier to take her and 11 German friends to look at coral and to fish at Koh Hey, Koh Racha and Koh Phi Phi for three days and two nights.

“The incident happened about one kilometre from Rawai pier in the early hours yesterday, after the boat had left Phi Phi and was heading toward Chalong pier.

“The captain steered the boat close to shore and it hit the rock, which damaged the bottom of the boat,” she said.

Phuket News

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