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Speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists explodes on southern Andaman Sea

Breaking News2018-01-14

By APD writer Chen Jiabao BANGKOK, Jan. 14 (APD) - A speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and several Thai crews exploded in southern Thailand's Andaman Sea near Phi-Phi Islands on Sunday. A Thai was killed and 16 were injured, according to local media. The speedboat was on its way to Phi-Phi islands and caught fire near the Viking Cave in the sea at about 1 p.m. local time, five Chinese were seriously injured, according to the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Songkhla. The consulate said all the Chinese tourists have been helped ashore while the rescue team are still searching for the others. All the injured were hospitalized. Local media said the there was a fuel leak. The captain went to check the engine and it suddenly exploded. The fire quickly spread, prompting all the passengers to scramble for swimming vest and jump into the sea. Local media said there were five Thai passengers and 27 Chinese tourists, including three children on board. A seriously injured Thai crew was later pronounced dead from burns. The explosion is under investigation. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Chen Jiabao

BANGKOK, Jan. 14 (APD) - A speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and several Thai crews exploded in southern Thailand's Andaman Sea near Phi-Phi Islands on Sunday.

A Thai was killed and 16 were injured, according to local media.

The speedboat was on its way to Phi-Phi islands and caught fire near the Viking Cave in the sea at about 1 p.m. local time, five Chinese were seriously injured, according to the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Songkhla.

The consulate said all the Chinese tourists have been helped ashore while the rescue team are still searching for the others. All the injured were hospitalized.

Local media said the there was a fuel leak. The captain went to check the engine and it suddenly exploded. The fire quickly spread, prompting all the passengers to scramble for swimming vest and jump into the sea.

Local media said there were five Thai passengers and 27 Chinese tourists, including three children on board. A seriously injured Thai crew was later pronounced dead from burns.

The explosion is under investigation.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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