UPDATE: Boat Captain Charged After 35 Tourists, Mostly Foreign, Injured in Boat Crash in Phuket

Chalong –

A boat captain has been charged with reckless behavior causing injuries after 35 people including foreign tourists were injured after a tour boat crashed into a pillar in Chalong, Phuket.

Our previous story:

Emergency responders were notified of the accident on Wednesday (May 17th) near Chalong Pier with many injuries. More than a dozen ambulances from the nearby area arrived at the Chalong Pier.

In total, 35 people have been injured which included Russians, Ukrainian, Kazakhstani, Hong Kong nationals, Chinese, and Thais after a tour boat crashed into a pillar in Chalong, Phuket.

Now for the update:

Mr. Adul Raluekmoon, a technician from the Phuket Marine Office, told the Phuket Express “After we fully checked the boat, we did not find any malfunction with the boat engine or other parts of the boat.”

The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Express “The boat captain has sustained serious injuries. We have questioned 19 witnesses who were on the boat. They all said that before the accident the boat captain had reckless behavior and that he drove the boat very fast.”

“He is facing charges of reckless behavior causing injuries. The punishment if proven guilty shall be imprisonment for up to three years, a fine up to 60,000 baht, or both.” Sermphan concluded.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.