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24 December 2009 :: 21:12:27 pm 1454

Modified Speedboat Capsizes Injuring 17

A two storey vessel has capsized off the coast of Koh Larn, near Pattaya. The accident injured 17 passengers and crew. The reason for the accident has been put down to an imbalance in the boat, caused when most of the passengers had been on the second level whilst a large wave struck the vessel. The boat had recently been modified to include a second floor and it is uncertain whether the construction was certified.
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Koh Larn, the 24th of December 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 4:30pm on Thursday Police Lieautenant Rerngwit Rakchat (Pattaya Police investigator), received a report stating that a boat had capsized in Pattaya Bay, with its passengers and crew stranded in the water. Police Lt. Col. Rakchat informed his superior; police Colonel Sarayut Sanguan Pohkai, who along with the Pattaya City Mayor Itthiphol Khunpluem and a team of rescue officers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation went to the scene to investigate.

The accident occurred approximately 2 miles off the coast of Koh Sak. At the scene rescue officers proceeded to help all the injured passengers out of the water along with several fishing boats that had gathered in the area. Fortunately for the passengers and crew the boat company had provided enough lifejackets for everyone on board saving the lives of at least a few of the tired passengers. The passengers were of Chinese, Russian, Thai, Albanian and American nationalities. There were a total of 18 people onboard at the time of the accident with the captain to only one who was not injured in some way. Once rescue teams had evacuated all of the passengers from the water they were rushed to hospital to further access their injuries.

After a brief investigation it was revealed that the “Chithipat” was a 2 storey, 32 foot long vessel with twin 200 horsepower engines. It is stated that it had recently been modified to a two storey design with an extra engine added. The company who is the registered owner is Chithipat Company, located on Soi 5, Beach Road, Pattaya. After several minutes of being capsized the boat sank to the seabed bellow.

The boats schedule was for a 10:00am departure from Pattaya Beach to the island of Koh Larn, where the passengers were to disembark and enjoy an action packed day of water sports before returning to vessel for the return journey at 4:00pm. Shortly after the boat left the island it was explained that the majority of passengers had gone up to the second floor of the vessel to enjoy the view when a large wave struck causing the boat to capsize and sink.

Mayor Khunpluem stated that all passengers had been accounted for and were rescued from the water within 20 minutes of the accident. He further stated that the cause of the accident had been the amount of people that were on the second floor of the boat not because it was overloaded. The imbalance on the vessel caused it to capsize when a large wave broke over its side.

Police Major General Suweera Songmetta who was also at the scene explained that no one had lost there life and that an investigation was underway to find the underlying cause of the accident. The boat will be inspected by divers and raised if possible, to better aid in the investigations and to find out whether the recent modifications to its superstructure were certified.

Passengers Still Injured in Hospital:

1.Mr Llambro Hallkai, [42] , Albanian
2.Mr Edlir Cekrezi , [40] Albanian
3.Miss Gong Ping Ting, [30] Chinese
4.Mr Jing Xiang, [28] Chinese
5.Miss Yu Ai Ai,[20] Chinese
6.Miss Zhu Yi, [24] Chinese
7.Jeremiah Dagel,[30] American
8.Mr Ryan Hilde Brandt, [29] American
9.Miss Giniyatullina Liliya, [28] Russian
10.Miss Giniya Tullina Julia, [27] Russian
The rest have safely checked out of hospital already with only minor injuries.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Community News

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