KRABI — A long-tail boat carrying 14 foreign tourists sank in the Andaman Sea on Friday afternoon.
Fourteen foreign tourists decided to jump out of their sinking tour boat on the way from Railay beach to Ao Nang beach at around 3pm. They were rescued from the rough sea by marine police. Four tourists were sent to Krabi hospital to check on injuries described by police as “slight.”
The other 10 tourists returned to their hotels.
Marine police who rescued them said there are too many rocks under the water on the route taken by the vessel. They suspect that the long-tail boat was hit by a high wave and crashed into rocks under the sea which caused a hole and led to water leaking inside.
“They all decided to jump out, some were wearing life jackets, some weren’t,” said marine police officer Anurak Pharinyahsathiragul. “The driver of the boat also jumped off and escaped.”
The Meteorological Department Friday morning advised small boats in the area not to take to the sea today due to high waves in the Andaman Sea.
The 14 tourists are identified by marine police as comprising two people each from China, Poland, Russia, Spain and Syria and four Canadians.
The boat named “Marina” belongs to Diva Tour company. The driver was identified as Bumroong Pahnan. Police said they will call them in for further questioning.
Yesterday a speedboat capsized near Koh Samui killing at least three foreign tourists. As of Friday afternoon authorities in Samui are still searching for one missing tourist.