Saturday, 16 Nov 2019

49 People Stranded after Two Boats, Jet Ski Sink Off Phuket, Thailand

Bangkok, Two boats and a jet ski sank off Phuket island in southern Thailand on Thursday, leaving 49 people stranded, police said.

A tourist boat carrying 90 Chinese tourists sank off Koh Hae, 10 kilometers south of Phuket, due to strong sea currents, dpa quoted Somsak Soprakarn of Phuket police as saying.

A yacht carrying 39 people of unknown nationality also sank off Koh Mai Ton, nine kilometers south-east of Phuket, Somsak said.

Phuket Marine Police have rescued up to 80 passengers in total, but the remaining 49 people have not yet been found, the policeman said.

A Russian couple rented a jet ski, which was overturned by strong winds and lost contact near Koh Racha, 15 kilometers from Phuket. They have already been rescued, he added.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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