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Expat visa runs from Phuket usually include a boat ride  to Burma

Phuket Visa Runners Warned as Man Drowns in Killer Storm

Saturday, July 30, 2011
PHUKET: One man drowned as a boatload of tourists travelling to an offshore casino overturned off Ranong in a violent tempest off the Burma border north of Phuket late yesterday.

The drowning made the Nock-ten storm, which has left a trail of death and devastation across the Philippines, a killer storm in Thailand as well.

It sends a warning to Phuket visa-runners who cross from Ranong to Victoria Point, on the Burmese side, or the offshore Andaman Club casino every day.

Twent-five Burmese and two Thais were bound for the casino resort from Victoria Point in Burma aboard a Victoria VKR longtail boat when waves of up to four metres tipped the occupants into the sea about 7pm.

A fishing boat managed to rescue all of the occupants of the boat except for one, a Burmese man.

Meteorological officials on Phuket have repeated their warning from yesterday for Friday and Saturday and say that small boats should not put to sea on Sunday. Strong winds are expected to trigger waves of up to four metres.

A safety campaign recently around Phuket and the Andaman provinces urged all boat passengers to wear life jackets.

About 190,000 people had been evacuated to safe areas in China's southern holiday island of Hainan as Nock-ten sweeps in, China's flood control authorities said.

At least 31 people have been killed in the Philippines.

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best to take the big ferry to andaman club not these tiny longtails..

Posted by poppop on July 30, 2011 17:09

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Best to have a life jacket on when out to sea on any boat.

Posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2011 14:15

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This had nothing to do with Nok-Ten which was a weakening rain filled tropical depression over Laos and North Thailand. But sudden westerly storms and winds can whip up at any time.

Posted by Jamie on August 2, 2011 21:06


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