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A total of 44 Italian and French passengers departing Phuket were rescued from a sinking speedboat after the boat slammed into a concrete mooring block 500 meters from shore off Koh Siray on the morning of Feb 17th.
Boat captain Thawit Lakkoh told Phuket Marine Office officials that he did not see the mooring block, even though it was marked with a buoy.
“I tried to drive the boat carefully but the boat hit the mooring very hard. Water started coming into the oat. Luckily, it started sinking only 500 meters from shore,” he said.
Another boat, the Anurak 9, rendered assistance in getting the tourists safely back to shore.
Surat Sirisaiyat, Chief of Marine Office Region 5 in Phuket, ordered officials to begin salvage operations today.