Connect with us

Phuket

Tour company offers compensation for capsized speedboat ordeal

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: The Phuket-based company operating tours on board the speedboat that capsized off Phi Phi Island in rough seas yesterday has vowed to cover all medical expenses for those injured in the incident and to offer compensation for the emotional stress suffered.

Pongsak Pachantabut, the manager of Phuket New Generation Travel Company, today confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that there were 37 tourists of varying nationalities and four crew members on board the speedboat, the Luk Pradu 26, at the time of the incident, not 24 passengers as originally reported.

“Another speedboat was able to immediately rescue 13 tourists, including a child, and take them back to Koh Phi Phi,” Mr Pongsak said.

However, that left 24 tourists and the crew members bobbing in the rough sea for more than an hour, while the company scrambled to get another speedboat, Rak Talay, out to rescue them.

Mr Pongsak explained that his company had not been told to keep their boats in port due to the rough weather, and so had three speedboats running tours to Phi Phi Island yesterday.

“Because we knew that a storm was coming, we decided to cancel the snorkeling part of the trip around Koh Khai. After lunch, two of our boats departed Phi Phi for Phuket, while the other [Luk Pradu 26] was running a little late.

“The Luk Pradu 26 was hit by a strong gust of wind and a big wave, then capsized,” he said.

“Luckily, all the passengers on the boat, which wasn’t overloaded, were wearing life jackets when the boat rolled over,” he added.

At Chalong Pier seven tourists from China, England and Indonesia were transferred to ambulances and brought to Phuket International Hospital for treatment of a variety of minor injuries.

Seven other tourists on the boat have filed a report with the Phuket Tourist Police.

“I saw a big wave hit the speedboat hard, and I thought the boat must be damaged. Then I saw that the front part of the boat was broken… the speedboat capsized immediately,” said 22-year-old Samantha Chappell.

“We were floating in the water for more than an hour before another boat saved us. I was very scared at the time,” she added.

Ms Chappell said that she and her friends were still planning on spending a little more time in Phuket before heading to Bangkok. Originally, they were planning on taking a couple more trips out to some of the other islands surrounding Phuket.

However, one member of the group, Eimear Connaughton, 20, made it clear that getting on another boat was not something she was interested in.

“I will not go on a boat in the monsoon [weather] again,” she said.

Another member of the group, Robert Scott, also 20, confirmed that he was wiling to get on a boat again, but whether he did or not depended on the feelings of the others.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

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

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 mins ago

Ministry of Interior backtracks on decision to prioritise ThaiBev for vaccines

Tourism1 hour ago

Hotel association survey shows average occupancy at around 6%

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Another doctor urges caution over hasty reopening plans

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Hua Hin1 hour ago

Wild elephant breaks into home and raids kitchen in Hua Hin – VIDEO

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket reports sixth Covid-19 death in current outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,175 new cases and 27 deaths

Chon Buri2 hours ago

Lockdown in 3 Chon Buri locations to control Covid-19 spread

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 River Cruises to take in Bangkok

Tourism2 hours ago

KLM to increase flights to Middle-East, Asia as border restrictions ease

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Restaurant operators repeat calls for financial aid

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Bangkok restrictions lifted on 8 categories, including swimming

Patong17 hours ago

Tar balls spreading along Phuket’s west coast beaches

Phuket18 hours ago

Officials predict 600,000 tourists to Phuket following reopening

Phuket19 hours ago

Technician electrocuted to death while trying to fix jacuzzi

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending