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Marine officials have spotted a long strip of missing paint on the bottom of the tourist boat that sank near the Similan Islands last week.
An inspection discovered indications of paint having been scraped from the bottom of the speedboat, a fault which had then allowed water to leak into the boat. The missing paintwork and damage, meant water could leak into the boat, which later sank. All 50 tourists and crew members on the boat were rescued from the sea by nearby boats.
The shipbuilder confirmed the sunken speedboat had never hit a rock or any solid object to its knowledge. Inspectors assumed the missing paint might have stemmed from a production error. The company owning the sunken speedboat pledged to compensate all the tourists and crew members for their loss of belongings.
Most of the tourists said they felt much better after being rescued and were grateful to all those who helped save their lives.