Tourist boat crashes off Phang Nga, injuring 27, 2 missing

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PHUKET, 19 October 2014 – A speedboat collided with a fish trawler on Sunday around 7 PM four nautical miles off the coast of Phanh Nga province, injuring 27 passengers. Two of the speedboat’s passengers are still missing. 

The speedboat named Queen Star was taking 43 tourists and crew, most of the tourists were Chinese, back from Phi Phi island in Krabi province.

It crashed into the fish trawler 4-5 nautical miles off the coast of Koh Yao island in Phang Nga. All of the passengers were rescued by nearby fish boats right after the accident, and later by officers from the Phuket Marine Police, the 3rd Naval Area Command and the Phuket provincial administrative organization.

Ten of the 27 injured passengers are seriously wounded. Rescue workers are searching for the two missing passengers who are Korean.