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35 people hurt in Phuket speedboat crash

Initial investigation indicates driver might have dozed off

The speedboat Thanathip Marine 555 sustained heavy damage and 35 people were hurt when it struck a channel marker in Chalong Bay on Wednesday evening. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Thirty-five people, mostly Russian tourists, were injured after their speedboat hit a channel marker in Chalong Bay on Wednesday evening.

The accident occurred when the Thanathip Marine 555 was bringing 21 Russian, nine Kazakhstanis, two Chineses and one Ukrainian tourists back from the Phi Phi islands to Chalong Bay at about 5.30pm. The boat driver, his assistant and a tour guide were also on board.

An initial investigation found that the boat driver,…

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