5 Chinese Tourists Injured in Speedboat Collision

An officer points out damage Thursday to the rear end of the speedboat Bantita 9.

KRABI — Five Chinese travelers were slightly injured in a speedboat crash yesterday near Krabi’s Koh Phi Phi.

The Bantita 9 was carrying about 40 Chinese tourists from Koh Phi Phi Lee en route to Phuket on Thursday night when it was hit by another speedboat called Leelu 3, 25-year-old boat operator Suwit Saithong told police.

The collision reportedly occurred near Koh Phi Phi Lee, which is about 5 kilometers from Koh Phi Phi pier. The five tourists were sent to Phuket Hospital and have now been released according to Lt. Col. Jetsada Chanpum, a police officer in Krabi province.

No one fell overboard, Jetsada said. The rear of speedboat Bantita 9 was damaged.


Jetsada said police are now questioning the two operators, but they haven’t filed charges against anyone so far.



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