Boat with 20 tourists missing after distress phone call, believed to sink, Thailand UPDATE
Bangkok Post latest (2330 Bangkok time): Twenty-three tourists, a boat driver and two boat attendants were rescued as their speedboat sank in the sea on their way from Koh Kut island to the Laem Sok pier, Trat. The accident was reported at about 7.15pm. Soldiers, police, customs officials and rescue workers deployed their boats to save all victims who were floating, wearing life vests in stormy sea. All of them are Thai. The boat was ruptured due to big waves. Victims managed to phone police for help. They were located about three kilometres off the Laem Sok pier.
Yacht or speedboat, or a tour boat, sank some 2 nm off Trat Province coast, Thailand, Gulf of Siam, believed to sink in the evening local time May 9, with some 20 tourists on board, while en route to Ko Mak island, or from Ko Mak. A person understood to be in charge of the boat called emergency line by mobile phone, reporting water ingress, and then contact was lost. Search is under way, but exact position of sinking is unknown.