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Phuket Yacht destroyed in fire, damage valued around 16 million baht

Tara Abhasakun

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Phuket's Jimmy Blues burns, Video screenshot

A massive on-board fire has destroyed and sank a yacht at the Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket’s Thalang province yesterday. Officials who inspected the 12 metre catamaran believe the fire may have been caused by an electrical short-circuit, however a further investigation is still underway. No passengers were on the vessel when it was scorched, and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters and locals tried to help put the fire out, but in the end, only the prow of the vessel stayed above water. Oil boom barriers were placed in the water to prevent potential oil spills. The yacht, a luxury catamaran, was known as the ‘Jimmy Blue’, and had been docked at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina when the fire gutted it.

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The Jimmy Blue was 12 metres long, and could carry up to 17 people, 14 passengers and three crew members. The damage is estimated to be valued around 16 million baht. The vessel had been permitted to sail along the Andaman coast between Ranong and Satun after receiving its boat licence 8 years ago.

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In February, another fire at a Phuket coffeeshop left a woman so terrified that she couldn’t move to get herself out of the shop. Firefighters rescued the petrified woman, and no injuries were reported. Last month, a fire destroyed a restaurant in Chon Buri, and spread to the rice shop attached to it. The restaurant owner agreed to pay 100,000 baht in damage compensation to the rice shop owner.

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Another fire in Thailand last month destroyed more than 30 shops at the Prachinburi Town Municipality Market. The fire reportedly destroyed properties worth more than 100 million baht.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    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.

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