Phuket boats banned from leaving port

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

The two Russian tourists who were caught by the storm while riding a jet-ski off Koh Racha were rescued by a passing fishing boat, he added.

Rescuers carry an injured person on a stretcher after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand July 5, 2018 in this still image taken from video.

At least seven people are missing after two tourist boats capsized in the popular resort of Phuket in Thailand, police have said.

The governor of southern Phuket, Noraphat Plodthong, said on Thursday that a number of passengers were still "being helped" by rescue boats sent to the scene.

Another boat also overturned off Phuket on Thursday.

"There were high winds this evening", he said, adding that a further 10 smaller boats were stranded at sea.

Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

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"We have given warnings ... but the winds are strong."

He said the boat was hit by five metre-high waves, which flooded the boat, with passengers needing to wear life jackets.

Thailand is already making global headlines after 12 boys and their junior football coach were found alive this week after becoming trapped inside a cave in the country's north.

Thailand has a sketchy health and safety record and accidents are common on its roads and busy waterways - especially during the monsoon season which is now biting.

Tourist Police Deputy Commander Maj-General Surachet Hakpan said, "We have warned many Phuket tour operators not to leave port today".

The body of a man wearing a life jacket with the logo of the Phoenix was pulled from the sea earlier but officials confirmed that rescue efforts were suspended as night fell on the island, and will resume in the morning.

"Half of them were rescued, the operation is still ongoing", an official at the department, which is based in Bangkok told the Agence France-Presse (AFP), requesting not to be named.

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