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01 April 2011 :: 09:04:19 am 52323

Rescue Operation For Stranded Tourists On Koh Tao Island

The Navy Force will begin their rescue operation to get tourists to mainland as soon as possible after the tourists have been stranded on Southern Islands for days due to heavy rainfall and consequent floods.
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Sattahip, 30th March 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: Admiral Kamthorn Pumhiran, Commissioner General of Navy Force, assigned the marine team to rescue thousands of tourists who had been stranded on Koh Samui and Koh Tao Islands for the past days due to heavy floods.

Aircrafts and ships used for the rescue operation included a Chakri Naruebet Royal Battle Ship, 2 Bell helicopters, 3 C-Hawk helicopters and 2 shipping barges. In addition a team of rescue workmen were on board with the operation. The marine force also brought supplies to the victims. The navy force was to leave for Koh Tao, Chumporn at 7 p.m. on 29th March, departing from Juk Samed Pier, Sattahip Navy Military Base.


This operation was to assist 2,000 tourists, who were stranded on the island, to get to mainland safely. The tourists will be transported to Bang Saphan Pier, Prachaub Kirikhan. Then the rescue team will assist other tourists on Koh Samui island.

Captain Suwin Jaengyodsuk, the Captain of Chakri Naruebet Royal Battle Ship, told Thai PBS morning news that the ship will anchor about 2 miles away from Koh Tao island. The marine team will rehearse the evacuating operation with the villagers’ boats. The rescue operation will start immediately if the rehearsed operation was successful. The evacuation plan will start before noon.

After Koh Tao island, the Navy Force will help the tourists on Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan islands.

Currently, over 2,000 local and international tourists notify the headman of Koh Tao that they would like to leave Koh Tao today. Tourists on Koh Pha Ngan island are also calling for help. The navy force can only send ships to the island because small boats and helicopter cannot get into Koh Pha Ngan area.


Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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