A team of helpers combined with a towing vessel dragged the yacht Chainon off the beach near Pimalai Resort on Lanta yesterday, with plenty of pushing and heaving.
The process, begun with a heave-ho at high tide at 3.30pm, was completed 90 minutes later - much to the relief of the five Chinese visitors who hired the yacht from Phuket.
The yacht had been stuck on the beach for two days. On Wednesday, the Chinese captain and crew were powerless to save the yacht as it broke free from its anchor and was swept onto the beach.
Efforts were made the following day to tow the vessel off the sand with a speedboat at high tide, but it wasn't until the following day that the recovery effort succeeded with the help of rangers from Lanta National Park.