Navy saves Norwegian couple after sailboat capsizes

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy saved a Norwegian couple after the pair’s small catamaran capsized off Koh Lanta yesterday afternoon.

The sailors, named by officers as ‘Thongunnor Bue’ and ‘Caron Bue’, but believed to be Thom Bue and Carol Bue, struggled to control the boat after their tiller broke.

“Unable to control the boat, a large wave hit them broadside and flipped it over,” explained Lt Preecha Sophon, head of the Royal Thai Navy Maritime Security in Koh Lanta.

Rangsan Huengsachoo, the village headman of Moo 3 on Koh Lanta, reported the incident to the Navy at 3:30pm.

“We immediately dispatched a speedboat and found Mr and Mrs Bue treading water by the boat, which was hardly damaged at all,” Lt Preecha said. “We were able to flip the catamaran back over and get them both safely back to shore.”

— Chutharat Plerin

Phuket News

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Leave a Reply