2 missing, in Phuket boat crash

2 missing, in Phuket boat crash

PHUKET - Two tourists are missing and 45 others are injured after a speedboat crashed into a fishing trawler about five nautical miles off Yao Yai island on Sunday evening, police said.

Photo by Achadtaya Chuennirun

Pol Col Phumin Phumpanmuang, chief of the Marine Police Division's sub-division 8, said the speedboat, owned by Seastar Company, was taking tourists from Phi Phi island in Krabi to Phuket.

Most tourists on the speedboat are from China, he said.

A team of police and rescuers were still trying to find the two missing tourists.

Anupong Arsarat, a former administrative official on Yao Yai island, said the speedboat was likely to have been travelling at high speed despite heavy rain causing poor visibility.

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