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04 January 2008 :: 16:01:48 pm 25485

Tourist boat sinks near koh Rin; Al eleven on board survive

A tourist boat sank in the middle of the sea. All eleven people aboard, ten Russians and the Thai captain, survived.
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On 3 January 2008, a Russian businessman and his group of tourists rented a boat to sail around Koh Rin. On the way back, the boat broke, at the tail end, and sank. Fortunately, all the passengers, as well as, the captain survived. At 12:10am, that night (4 January), Vice Admiral Jumnong Kittipirachon, Chief, Sattahip, received a report from Lamchabang Harbor, Sriracha,that a ship was drifting past a group of tourists and floating in the sea, in need of rescue. The incident occurred about 2.4 nautical miles from Koh Rin, to the east. At the time, a barge, the ?Ena Supply, was on its way from Lamchabang to Juksamet Harbor and would be passing near the disabled ship. Lamchabang Harbor requested cooperation from Sattahip Naval Base in requesting that the barge pick up the survivors.

Later, Rear Admiral Chommpon Wongwakin, Chief of Staff, and his crew, went to Juksamet Harbor to look for the survivors. They were all safe and sound and consisted of eleven people: five Russian men, four Russian women, a Russian boy and the Thai Captain. The survivors were Mr. Sazhnov, Andrew (20), Miss Zeniaeva, Maria (14), Miss Udo, Magarita (16), Mr. Kobzeva, Anatoly (64), a construction contractor, Mrs. Kobzeva, Liudmilo (64), Mr. Kurashov, Denis (33), Mrs. Kurashova, Svetaona (26), Kurashov, Vasilli (5), Mr. Bvstnov, Mikahil (48), Mr. Zhupanov, Oceg (49), a construction contractor and Mr. Chanwit Doungkaw (20), address 341 Moo 5, Naklua, Banglamung, the captain. All were safe and there were no injuries.

The survivors were taken, by van, to the Sattahip Police Station, where Police Captain Ekchai Wonglee interviewed them. Mr. Chanwit, the captain, reported that the sunken vessel was a white boat, named the ?Operic?. It was forty feet long, had four engines and had a capacity for fifteen people. The boat had a living room, a bedroom and a storeroom where passengers could keep their personal belongings. The boat belonged to Mr. Apipong Porluan and was docked at Ocean Marina, Najomtien, Sattahip. The vessel was available for tourists to rent for fishing or to cruise around the area’s islands. On the way back from Koh Rin, the boat broke at the tail end and started taking on water. Fortunately, all passengers were wearing life preservers and survived with no injuries. However, their belongings sunk with the boat.

The group of Russian tourists, traveling to Thailand through the Natalee Travel Agency, arrived in Thailand on 1 January 2008. They?re staying in a hotel in Pattaya and plan to go home on 13 January.

The Sattahip naval officers complimented the boat’s operation and the rescue team for being highly professional. Because of their professionalism, there were no injuries from this incident. Officers will search for the sunken vessel to prevent any accidents from happening; such as from another boat hitting it. They will also attempt to recover some of the tourists belongings.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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