Pattaya Daily News

09 September 2010 :: 16:09:29 pm 37900

Fully Ladened Tour Boat Sinks with 19 Korean Tourists Aboard

A speedboat carrying 19 Korean tourists and two crew has sunk in the Pattaya Bay on Thursday morning. Sixteen of the tourists have since been taken to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital as a precautionary measure.
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Pattaya, the 9th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The vessel allegedly sank after the hull was breached significantly following a collision with a large piece of driftwood. All twenty-one people aboard the vessel had been issued lifejackets and where rescued shortly after the incident.

President of the Tourist Boat Association Sanit Boonmachai and a team of rescue officers attended to the incident, which occurred in the Pattaya Bay, between Bali Hai Pier and Koh Larn (Coral Island). The tour group had been returning to Pattaya following a brief diving trip to the nearby island of Koh Joon.

Reportedly the sunken vessel will now be salvage and transported back to Pattaya for investigation by authorities, while the capacity of the boat is thought to have been between 20-30 passengers and crew.

As a precautionary measure, 16 of the 19 Korean tourists aboard the stricken vessel were later taken to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital for monitoring and minor treatment.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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