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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    if the government issues spades to all the unemployed ex tourism industry workers the kra canal could be built fairly quickly and on the cheap.full employment and it should attract the very well healed yahtie brigade.the way forward perhaps?

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    James R

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    It could be sailed there by sea from the Marina?

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    Robert Elliott

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Mr Cynic. The Chinese have been pushing for the Kra Canal. Unfortunately once built it would be controlled by China as part of there belt and road initiative. Maybe not a great deal for Thailand.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I could see one bridge too low for this yacht, but three!
    Did the truck driver not bother to check before the journey?
    No wonder the cops said call us if you cannot pass under the bridge, we are not coming out again.
    It would not surprise me if the bridges never had the 5 metres clearance they were supposed to have. The builders might have been saving on concrete.
    5 metres in a raised road height is not plausible.
    Another example of amazing Thailand along with, amazing they put their trousers on the right way around

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    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Can’t believe the logistics people didn’t plane the route properly

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    it. is. a. boat. it can swim… just an idea: try to go by sea? its a f*cking boat. wtf. the iwner dont want his boat to get wet? or simply save some fuelmoney?

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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