Two tourists killed and 34 injured after speedboat collision off Phuket
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Two tourists killed and 34 injured after speedboat collision off Phuket

A COLLISION between two fully-loaded speedboats in Thailand on Wednesday has killed two Chinese tourists and left dozens of others injured.

The vessels crashed at 11.45am about 30 nautical miles off the western island of Phuket. The boat with the victims, one man and one woman, was on its way to Koh Phi Phi, while the other was en route to the Ao Phangnga Marine National Park.

A regional policeman, Col. Lt. Prasert Srikhunrat, told Khaosod English that stormy weather was what caused the boats, which were carrying 62 passengers, to collide. He said: “It was raining heavily. The sky was dark, so the two boats crashed into one another.”

The two victims of the crash have been identified as Liang Grianfu and Yan Yang by the Bangkok Post. The injured tourists, many of whom were Chinese and South Korean, are being treated at three hospitals in Phuket.

This is the second boat crash involving tourists to take place in Thailand in under a week. On Sunday, 28 tourists were injured when their speedboat slammed into container ship near Koh Samet, and four other tourists died after their speedboat capsized late last month near Koh Samui.

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The two boat captains are under arrest pending a criminal investigation. Fatal bus and boat accidents, as well as crimes against foreigners, are disturbingly common in Thailand, yet the country clocked in a record high of nearly 30 million visitors in 2015.

In a country where safety regulations are weakly enforced, British travel blogger Richard Barrow calls for the tourism minister to close down unregulated businesses and to stop allowing a high volume of tourists into the country until their safety can be assured.