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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Be careful on the water: another Phuket tourism boat incident

I am a huge fan of Phuket as a tourist destination, but after taking a speedboat trip from Krabi to Phuket last year I would have to think again about repeating that exercise. 

Another tragedy was narrowly avoided this week after over 40 tourists were rescued from a stricken speedboat which eventually capsized.

Phuket tour speedboat Aphitada 1 took on water and then capsized off Koh Dok Mai (below: pic The Phuket News).

The tourists and five crew members on board were rescued by passing boats after the captain called for assistance.

The boat was on a tour around Maithon Island and Phi Phi Island. It 
had departed Chalong Pier with 45 people on board. 

Tourists were later put on another boat to continue their trip to Phi Phi. The cause of the capsizing is being investigated and is not thought to be weather-related.

Phuket is still struggling to rebound following a boat accident which claimed the lives of dozens of Chinese tourists last year.

It prompted the cancellations of thousands of bookings from China and island-wide inspections of all marine tour operators. More may be needed. 

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