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01 April 2011 :: 10:04:54 am 52379

The Navy Has Rescued 700 Stranded Tourists

The Navy has successfully rescued about 700 stranded tourists from Southern islands, meanwhile situations in some parts of Koh Tao island are still intense
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Sattahip, 31st March 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: At 7:30 a.m., 700 domestic and international tourists were safely transported to Juk Samed Pier (at Sattahip Military Pier) from Koh Tao island by Chakri Naruebet Royal Battle Ship.

Admiral Kanut Tongpoon, the First Naval Area Commander, and other Admirals were at the pier to welcome the tourists. The governor of Chonburi, Mr. Wichitchat Paisit along with staffs from Queen Sirikit Navy Hospital and officers of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) were also at the pier to assist tourists, getting them to their next destinations.
Admiral Kanut said that the Navy will transport more than 500 tourists to Sattahip Pier by Chaopraya Ship. The Second and Third Naval Area have been continuously helping tourists in other places. The navy force is also stocking supplies. Chakri Naruebet ship is available to be used if needed. However, if the situations in the flooding areas improved, Chakri Naruebet ship will not be used because small ships and ferries are sufficient to transport tourists.

The reporter said that there are about 700-800 tourists still stranded on Koh Tao island. The situation is becoming more intense now that the supplies and fuel are running low. The electricity and cell phone services stop working. It is very difficult to carry out the evacuation with the strong wind blowing and the rain pouring heavily. The rescued staffs have to be extra careful when they assist tourists onto ships and helicopters.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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