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    Two Tourist Boats capsize off Phuket. 53 missing.

    One confirmed dead and 53 missing after three vessels carrying tourists capsized in rough seas off Phuket Island.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...sinks#cxrecs_s

    PHUKET: One man drowned and dozens of Chinese tourists are missing after high waves capsized a boat returning from Koh Racha , officials said Thursday night.
    The boat was carrying around 90 passengers when it began to keel over after it was hit by massive waves, prompting a rescue operation that stretched into the night and left authorities scrambling to react.
    Collated reports at midnight said 53 people now are missing in the rough waters that overturned their boat.
    The body of a man wearing a life jacket with the logo of the Phoenix boat was pulled from the sea.

    Two other separate boat capsizes were reported in the same area Thursday evening.

    The yacht Senerita, carrying 39 people also capsized in the high seas, the officials added.
    All of the passengers in both cases were pulled from the sea alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    left authorities scrambling to react.
    Yes.
    Aside from "prevention is better than cure" as far as enforcing proper safety regulations, the "authorities" so often are totally at a loss for what to do when calamity strikes.

    Sorry Birding...Idiot # 9 slagging off the useless Thai systems again.

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    Phuket Disaster - At least 10 Dead, 58 Missing

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...huket-tourists

    Even here on Phuket, not a lot of updates to the status of the missing. Given that divers were searching the sunken vessels today, I would expect the death toll to mount quite rapidly. Chinese are notoriously poor swimmers, and manage to drown even when wearing life vests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    One confirmed dead and 53 missing after three vessels carrying tourists capsized in rough seas off Phuket Island.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...sinks#cxrecs_s

    PHUKET: One man drowned and dozens of Chinese tourists are missing after high waves capsized a boat returning from Koh Racha , officials said Thursday night.
    The boat was carrying around 90 passengers when it began to keel over after it was hit by massive waves, prompting a rescue operation that stretched into the night and left authorities scrambling to react.
    Collated reports at midnight said 53 people now are missing in the rough waters that overturned their boat.
    The body of a man wearing a life jacket with the logo of the Phoenix boat was pulled from the sea.

    Two other separate boat capsizes were reported in the same area Thursday evening.

    The yacht Senerita, carrying 39 people also capsized in the high seas, the officials added.
    All of the passengers in both cases were pulled from the sea alive.
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Really?

    It's yet another Thai fuck up where they've been helped out by superior Westen common sense and ability.

    I don't think there's much wonderful about this at all and I have no doubt that another unfortunate situation is just around the corner.
    About three days ago responding to a post about the good news of the boys in the tunnel being "saved."

    I said on that thread an hour or so ago that I don't like being proven right when I posted this, but maybe I do.

    If it could ever make an iota of difference.

    Fat chance. T.I.T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Yes.


    Sorry Birding...Idiot # 9 slagging off the useless Thai systems again.
    Quite. I guessed I was another of those he had in his sights when he criticised us for doubting Thailand's "rigorous" safety standards.

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    As expected, the toll rises......

    https://www.thephuketnews.com/bodies...uket-67779.php

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    Forty-nine missing in Thailand after tourist boat capsizes off Phuket

    Forty-nine people are missing after a tourist boat capsized off the popular island resort of Phuket in Thailand, according to officials.




    Having earlier reported that at least seven people were missing after the vessel overturned in the Andaman Sea, the governor of the island has now upgraded the total.


    The boat was carrying 97 passengers.


    Governor Norraphat Plodthong revealed that only 48 people - all from a group of Chinese tourists - had been rescued so far, with all the others unaccounted for.


    https://news.sky.com/story/dozens-mi...iland-11427053

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    I'd actually posted in earlier, but must have forgotten to 'post new thread'. I live about 5km from Chalong pier, and we've been hearing ambulance sirens all day, bringing bodies ashore.

    Wife just told me another 23 bodies found inside one of the sunken boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post


    Belongs in the "What are you having for dinner" fred. Lulu's Cantonese Pizza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    the governor of the island
    Oh, great. The govenor is on the job.
    Yay.

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    Putting to sea in forecasted heavy, adverse weather amid seasonal monsoon storms in antiquated, ill-maintained pleasure boats unsuited to such sea conditions and possibly overloaded is really a criminal offence in most civilised, responsible countries. Here of course it is just accidental and everyone so very sorry.

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    As expected, more news/photos from local Facebook users:


















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    sure you got 'em all there pag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    sure you got 'em all there pag?
    I'm sure that there will be many more over the next few hours/days. As a major tourist destination, I'm equally sure the authorities will seek to downplay this tragedy in the name of damage to tourism. Going to be hard to wriggle out of this one, especially as weather warnings had been given the day before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    Going to be hard to wriggle out of this one, especially as weather warnings had been given the day before.
    No problem. Tourism authorites are expert in wriggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    No problem. Tourism authorites are expert in wriggle.

    Thai authority figures, in general.

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    As of a couple of hours ago, 40 bodies recovered, 16 still missing.

    https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/p...remain-missing

    Biggest disaster in Phuket since the plane crash in 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    Biggest disaster in Phuket since the plane crash in 2007.
    5,300+ deaths in 2004 tsunami puts this to shame in the worst disaster category. As with the ferry sinkings, many deaths were preventable.

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    Fortunately there is an ample supply of replacement Chinese suckers boarding aircraft to Phuket as we speak.

    Because the primary concern of Thais in Phuket is how much it will hurt their wallets, not the loss to the families of the dead.

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    The pics certainly help bring it home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Because the primary concern of Thais in Phuket is how much it will hurt their wallets, not the loss to the families of the dead.
    The owners of boats, having passed responsibility on to some agent or whatever, will make sure that they apologize for hurting the image of Thailand.



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    Idiots to the north
    Fools in the south
    Stuck in the middle with traffic

    This country is a train wreck

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    I'm equally sure the authorities will seek to downplay this tragedy in the name of damage to tourism
    Yep. Faulty brakes or unpredicatable weather.
    Three things strike me from the pics: The sea doesn't look that bad at all. Everyone had life vests on indicating that they were warned that calamity was nigh. How did they still drown with life jackets on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Three things strike me from the pics: The sea doesn't look that bad at all. Everyone had life vests on indicating that they were warned that calamity was nigh. How did they still drown with life jackets on?
    Did you read the reports and were able to compute them?


    The recovery pics are from the next day (today).

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