30 people hurt, 1 missing in Phuket speedboat crash

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Initial investigation indicates driver might have dozed off

The speedboat Thanathip Marine 555 sustained heavy damage and 30 people were hurt when it struck a channel market in Chalong Bay on Wednesday evening. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Thirty people, mostly Russian tourists, were injured and one tourist is missing after their speedboat hit a channel marker in Chalong Bay on Wednesday evening.

The accident occurred when the Thanathip Marine 555 was bringing 33 Russian tourists back from the Phi Phi islands to Chalong Bay at about 5.30pm, said Nachapong Pranit, the provincial marine chief. The boat driver, his assistant and a tour guide were also on board.

An initial investigation found…

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