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Two tourists thought dead in Samui speedboat capsize


Rescuers salvage the capsized speedboat, Aang Thong Discovery 3 near Koh Samui on Thursday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

A speedboat packed with foreign tourists capsized near Koh Samui on Thursday evening, throwing everyone on board into the water, with at least two being killed according to some reports.

The Aang Thong Discovery 3 left Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park and was heading to Lomphraya pier near Wat Na Phra Lan on Koh Samui when it capsized at an area known as Lam Khai (Cape Khai) at about 5pm.

The boat carried 32 passengers, 31 of whom were foreigners, and four staff.

Thirty people in the group were quickly rescued by another speedboat which was passing by while the remaining passengers and crew were picked up later by an official rescue boat. Some passengers sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the incident is not yet known. There was no rain at the time, but Lam Khai is known to local sailors for being subjected to powerful winds.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Thursday night that he had received a report that two people were killed. No other information was available.

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UK tourist missing after speedboat capsizes, killing 3


In this May 26 photo taken from video, rescue workers retrieve a woman from a capsized boat on Koh Samui. (AP photo)

 A British man remains missing after a speedboat packed with overseas visitors capsized near Koh Samui on Thursday evening, killing three foreigners.

The Aang Thong Discovery 3 left Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park and was heading to Lomphraya pier near Wat Na Phra Lan on Koh Samui when it capsized at an area known as Lam Khai (Cape Khai) at about 5pm.

The boat was carrying 32 tourists, a guide and three crewmen. Briton Monica Cozma, 28, and German Kafo Franeiska, 29, died at the scene when the boat capsized in wind-whipped seas.

Speedboat driver Sanan Sitakaew, 47, said they were returning scuba diving at the Ang Thong islands when waves struck the boat, causing it to overturn.

The other passengers thrown into the sea were British, German, Belgium, Chinese, Thai, Romanian and Austrian. Most were quickly rescued by another speedboat passing by while the remaining passenger and crew were picked up later by an official rescue boat.

Three women and a man remained hospitalised Friday.

Thanankorn Trabanpruek, chief of the disaster prevention and mitigation office in Surat Thani province, said on a radio station Friday morning that teams were still searching for two missing foreigners, later identified as Briton Jason Robert Parnell and a 30-year-old Hong Kong woman.

The body of the Hong Kong woman was found around 11am.

Pol Col Akrawas Sithanaboonubon, inspector from Marine Police 3 said the searching teams on Friday morning marked the capsized spot and expanded the search radius by 200 metres at a time.

He said the speedboat had a capacity to accommodate 45 passengers so it was not overloaded. He said bad weather may also have played a role in the accident, as the area is known for heavy winds.

Surat Thani governor Wongsiti Promchana said the Koh Samui Marine Department office needs to be more careful in supervising boats during periods of strong wind.

The speedboat driver is being held in police custody pending investigation.

He said the tourists were not wearing life jackets on board and action could be taken against operator Ang Thong Discovery Co.

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Body of missing British tourist found

The body of British tourist who went missing after a boat accident near Koh Samui on Thursday was found on Sunday morning, according to media reports.

Pol Lt Col Akrawas Seethanaboon-ubon, a Koh Samu marine police officer, said the body was found stuck in a rock crevice near where the speed boat that he and other tourists were travelling in capsized.

The speed boat, Ang Thong Discovery 3, with four crew members and 32 Thai and foreign tourists on board overturned in Laem Kai in front of Koh Samui's Laem Yai mountain on Thursday about 5pm.

Three foreign tourists died and four others were injured. the British tourist, went missing.  A rescue centre was immediately set up to look for him.

The discovery of the body brought the number of dead foreign tourists to four.

Pol Lt Col Akrawas said the body was brought ashore for post-mortem examination.

He said the British embassy had contacted the man's family

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