Seventy Tourists Rescued Before Ferry Sinks Near Islands in Surat Thani

Surat Thani –

About seventy tourists were evacuated after water leaked into a night ferry before it eventually sank near Ang Thong Islands.

The Bo Phut Police Chief Colonel Denduang Thongsrisuk told the Phuket Express that on Friday (December 22nd) in the morning, they were notified from a night ferry of the incident while the ferry was traveling from Surat Thani to Turtle Island (Koh Tao).

When the ferry arrived near the Ang Thong Island, water began leaking into the ferry after strong waves hit the ferry. Waves were up to three meters high during the incident. About 70 foreign passengers were evacuated and safety arrived on land which took about an hour with the ferry finally sinking down under the sea.

Similar incidents recently in the south and Pattaya:

One foreigner and one Thai are still missing after a diving boat capsized in the Khuri Buri district.

Four Russians and a Thai tour guide have been rescued after a boat capsized in Mueang Phang Nga.

A catamaran carrying 29 people, the majority being foreign tourists, capsized this evening, December 23rd, 2023, near Dongtan Beach after coming from Koh Larn near sunset. There were six minor injuries.

A tourist speedboat, “Bandaya 19,” capsized near Bubu Island, about 3 km from Satun’s Lipe Island, Sunday (Dec 24). The boat carried 73 tourists, including 3 children and 4 crew members.

Goongnang Suksawat
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 more than 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.