Six Russian tourists and three Thais have been rescued after a yacht capsized near an island in Rawai.
The Phuket Marine Office told the Phuket Express that at 3:50 P.M. on Tuesday (January 9th) they were notified of the accident by the yacht captain, Mr. Jakkree Kuenkong. He was carrying six unidentified Russian tourists and two Thai passengers. They had departed from a pier in Chalong at 9:40 A.M. in the morning on a trip to Maithon Island and Racha Island.
One of the water pipes in the yacht had broken when they arrived at the West side of the Coral Island. Water leaked into the yacht very fast and the water pump was unable to remove the water quickly enough. This was despite the wind and waves being described as very calm.
There was a nearby boat that helped the capsizing vessel before the yacht completely capsized at 5:05 P.M.. No oil leaked from the yacht and all of the passengers and crew arrived safely at a pier at Cape Panwa in Wichit. No one was injured.
A five-year-old Russian girl was pronounced dead and a boat captain fell unconscious and was injured after a Phuket boat crash. Additionally, six foreign tourists and a boat crew member sustained various injuries after their speedboat in the same accident crashed with rocks near the Maithon Island in Chalong.