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Passengers with no lifejackets being rescued yesterday

Rescued Krabi Daytrippers Were on Overloaded Boat - Or Maybe Not

Saturday, January 25, 2014
PHUKET: Two authorities are scrapping over whether a tourist boat was overloaded when the passengers waved and hollered to be rescued on a day-trip yesterday.

According to the deputy director of Nopparattanathara Beach and Phi Phi Island National Park, Boonnam Choiradum, the longtail was carrying 20 passengers and two crew on a boat with a limit of 13 passengers.

According to the regional director of the Phuket-based Marine 5 Office, Vichai Khumkhong, the longtail was carrying the right number of passengers.

Both agreed, however, that some of the passengers - by the higher estimate totalling 20, including four children - were not fitted out with lifejackets. The operators will face prosecution as a result.

Park rangers spotted the longtail off Ao Nang - 500 metres off the beach according to one authority, 200 metres according to the other - about 10.30am yesterday in rolling seas.

The rangers could see people waving through binoculars and the passengers were relieved to be rescued.

Difficulties were encountered as the vessel made a day trip to four destinations off Krabi - Khoa Pad, Talay Wake, Khao Pai and Railay beach.

Investigations are continuing. Phuketwan would welcome contact from anyone who was on the longtail at the time.

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Longtail boat? From the pics it looks like a speedboat.

Posted by Lana on January 25, 2014 14:03

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Have yet to come across any tour company handing out approved life wests, what they hand out are non approved swim wests and they will not keep a persons head out of the water.

Posted by Sailor on January 25, 2014 17:54

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Lana - Hello! Just take a second to think.....

Posted by Anonymous on January 27, 2014 14:23


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