OFFICIALS at Than Bok Khorani National Park in Krabi’s Ao Luek district last evening (April 13) hopped on their speed boat and zipped over rough seas to rescue eleven tourists from Bangkok who were stranded in their longtail boat after the propeller broke down, TV Channel 7 said this morning.
The officials skillfully crossed over two-metre-high waves to reach the tourists stranded between Koh Hong island and Laem Hang Nak and succeeded in getting all eleven of them, five men and five women as well as a one-year-old girl, to safety.
Some of the tourists even threw up because the boat was wobbling badly in the rough seas while hammered by strong winds.
The damaged longtail boat was later towed ashore by another boat of the same company.
The tourists said they were staying at a hotel in the Ao Nang area and had chartered this longtail boat to go island hopping with Koh Hong being the last stop.
However strong winds and waves damaged the boat’s propeller leaving it floating at sea amid the bad weather so they called for help.
Top: Dramatic rescue of tourists stranded off Krabi coast last evening. Thai headline says, “Zipping across high waves to rescue 11 lives stranded at Krabi sea.” Photo: TV Channel 7
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