Chalong Bay luxury yacht goes up in flames

Photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

A 34.2-metre luxury yacht yesterday suffered extensive damage in a dramatic blaze, which left its towering mast levelled. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) sprang into action around 3pm, dispatching two boats, Tor 111 and Tor 272, to the scene. Upon arrival, they found the yacht, Obsession II, anchored and continuously burning. The yacht’s crew, who had gone ashore to buy supplies, were absent when the fire ignited.

Despite firefighters’ best efforts, the inferno raged for three and a half hours before it was finally brought under control. Phuket Marine Office Director Natchapong Pranit explained that firefighters initially attempted to use the yacht’s onboard extinguishing equipment but were forced to retreat for their safety. The navy’s assistance was crucial in taming the flames, with two additional boats, including a speedboat, joining the firefighting efforts.

The full extent of the damage is still being assessed. However, the sight of the once majestic Obsession II, now a charred shadow of its former self, paints a grim picture.

Delivered in 2002 as the flagship of French yard CIM, Obsession II was a paragon of luxury. It was reportedly being used as a charter vessel by Selalai, a Phuket-based company, at the time of the fire, reported Bangkok Post.

The yacht could accommodate eight passengers and five crew, promising opulence and adventure on the high seas.

In related news, Ocean Property and Siam Seaplane, Thailand’s leading amphibious seaplane service provider, are set to unveil a luxurious seaplane facility at Ocean Marina Jomtien. The joint venture promises travellers an unparalleled experience along the vibrant eastern coast of Thailand.

The state-of-the-art facility will facilitate water landings and takeoffs, ensuring swift access to luxury yacht charters, plush stays at Ocean Marina Resort, and seamless travel within and beyond the Chon Buri area.

In other news, the Sri Thong Pae 7 fishing trawler was engulfed in flames while refuelling in the Andaman Sea, leading to a rescue operation that saved the lives of nine crew members.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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