Krabi yacht capsizes in storm

Mu Ko Lanta National Park, where the yacht capsized 10 nautical miles away from, photo by Thai National Parks.

A yacht capsized in stormy waters in Thailand’s southern province of Krabi early this morning. Thailand’s marine authorities got a phone call from the yach’ts 3 passengers, who said they had gotten onto a dinghy boat after the yacht sunk. They said the yacht capsized between the islands of Koh Ha and Koh Lanta. They said the dinghy was drifting into the ocean, and the call then faded out.

The Thailand Marine Enforcement Command Centre then contacted its coastal units, telling them to contact fishing boats in the area to look for the dinghy with three people on board. A naval operation centre also prepared for a helicopter to join the search, since patrol boats could not be dispatched due to the strong storm.

But around 4 hours after the passengers called, the Thai-MECC was notified that a fishing boat had rescued them, and they were safe.

Being on the Andaman coast, Krabi is one area of Thailand hit by storms as wet season makes its way to the country. The Thai Meteorological Department warned that waves this weekend were expected to be 2-3 metres high in most of the Andaman, although they are expected to be 1-2 metres high in the lower Andaman. During thundershowers, waves were expected to rise to above 3 metres high in most of the Andaman, and above 2 metres high in the lower Andaman.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.