3 foreign tourists die as boat capsizes in Thailand

2016-05-27 17:02
Thailand's Koh Samui island. (iStock)

Thailand's Koh Samui island. (iStock)

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Koh Samui - Rescuers in Thailand searched on Friday for a British man who was still missing after a speedboat packed with tourists capsized near the popular resort island of Koh Samui, leaving three women dead, officials said.

The boat, carrying 32 tourists and four crew, capsized on Thursday afternoon because of strong winds and high waves, said Pichet Sudduan, a port official. A Briton and German were found dead at the scene on Thursday, and the body of a woman from Hong Kong was found on Friday morning, police Major General Apichart Boonsriraj said.

The boat's occupants were thrown overboard and some were trapped under the vessel when it capsized. At least one person was pulled out after rescuers used hammers to smash a hole in the vessel's hull.

Four people remained hospitalised on Friday out of the 28 who received medical treatment, said Dr Theerasak Viriyanon. He said one of the four has a fractured shoulder and another has a fractured skull. The other two suffered from a lack of oxygen and are being monitored for lung infections.

The boat's captain, Sanan Seekakiaw, is being held by police for investigation and faces a possible charge of reckless endangerment causing death, punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment.

Sanan said the boat was travelling at about 10 knots (18km/h) when high waves crashed onto its bow and overturned the vessel. He said he had asked all tourists to wear life vests, but some had taken theirs off during the journey.

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