5 injured after engine explodes on Phang Nga speedboat

5 people have been injured, three significantly, after a moored speedboat caught fire in Phang Nga province yesterday. The incident occurred round eight.30am. Genuine was tied up to the Thap Lamu boat pier, the place most Similan Island-bound private tour boats depart from and return to. The injured had been all crew from the boat.
According to witnesses, the captain started the boat’s engines and sparks started spitting out for the engine casing, followed by an explosion. 5 crewmen had been injured, three of them seriously, including the boat’s skipper. They had been rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital, about a ninety minute drive away, and the opposite 2 with minor injuries had been despatched to the Khao Lak medical centre, just 8 kilometres away. There had been no tourists on the pace boat on the time of the incident.
A Navy boat dragged the burning vessel away from the pier into the center of the channel to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats moored on the pier.
The commander of the 2nd Naval Area, despatched the HTMS Panyi to the scene to attempt to put out the fire, safe the area and tow the burning boat away.
The harbour’s entrance is small and an isthmus of land offers protection to boats from the Andaman Sea’s wind and waves. Many speed boats are normally moored in the harbour servicing the popular dive journeys out to The Similan Islands. Local fishing boats also use the harbour..

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