Pattaya Daily News

27 June 2010 :: 10:06:10 am 27516

Speedboat Accident, 39 Injured at least 2 Missing in Thailand

At least 2 people have been confirmed missing following a speedboat accident off the coast of Thailand’s tourist resort island of Koh Samui on Saturday night. The two boats had been travelling to the nearby island of Koh Phangan for the popular full moon party.
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Thailand, the 26th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Early reports suggest that up to 70 people may have been involved in the accident with 39 confirmed injuries and at least 2 people thought to be missing.

The collision, at approximately 11:00pm, involved two speedboats transporting tourists to the island of Koh Phangan from Koh Samui for the monthly full moon party. Heavy rain and low visibility is believed to be a significant factor in the accident.

At present the nationalities of the involved tourists are largely unknown, the Australian press report at least 7 Aussies involved in the incident, however this is yet to have been confirmed.

Eyewitnesses to the resultant scene after the accident report upwards of 30 ambulance, rescue and emergency services attending the incident, whilst all victims are thought to have been transported to local hospitals on Koh Samui or the Bangkok International Hospital on the mainland.

Drew Oliver, a friend of one of the injured Australians, Katie, stated that he had been in touch with her mother to explain as best possible the accident which took place. Reportedly the woman had suffered back injuries in the accident whilst another victim reportedly suffered brain injuries.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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