Russian children killed in speedboat crash

Russian children killed in speedboat crash

The damage to the 'Panan 5', of SeaStar Co, is evident at the dock after it collided with another boat leaving a marina in Phuket on Monday morning. (Marine police photo)
The damage to the 'Panan 5', of SeaStar Co, is evident at the dock after it collided with another boat leaving a marina in Phuket on Monday morning. (Marine police photo)

PHUKET: Two Russian children were killed and 21 other tourists injured when two speedboats collided in the sea near a marina in Muang district about 7.50am on Monday.

Police said the collision happened in a canal near Phuket Boat Lagoon as Panan 5, operated by SeaStar Co in tambon Ratsada, was approaching the Royal Phuket Marina in tambon Ko Kaeo to pick up tourists.

It collided head-on with ALP 111, operated by Andaman Leisure Phuket Co, which was leaving the marina with a full load of 35 Russian passengers.

Injured tourists were rushed to local hospitals. Two of them, a 12-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl from Russia, later died of their injuries.

Police quoted eyewitnesses as saying the Panan 5  cut in at a junction and caused the collision.

The drivers of the two boats were charged with reckless driving causing deaths and injuries.


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