Seventy Three Tourists Rescued after Speedboat Capsized in Satun


A tourist speedboat, “Bandaya 19,” capsized near Bubu Island, about 3 km from Satun’s Lipe Island, Sunday (Dec 24). The boat carried 73 tourists, including 3 children and 4 crew members.

The Navy’s 491st Special Warfare Squadron quickly responded to the emergency, rescuing everyone on board. The capsizing was caused by strong waves, leading to a breach in the hull. The passengers, all wearing life jackets, were safely transferred to another speedboat, “Ploy Siam 559.”

Five passengers suffered injuries from swallowing seawater, one needed stitches, and ten others had minor injuries. They received medical care at Koh Lipe Hospital and were then allowed to return to their accommodations.

The “Bandaya 19” sank shortly after the rescue. Authorities arranged transport for the rescued passengers to Phuket and Lanta Island, ensuring everyone’s safety following the incident.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.


Similar incidents recently in the south and Pattaya:

About seventy tourists were evacuated after water leaked into a night ferry before it eventually sank near Ang Thong Island.

One foreigner and one Thai are still missing after a diving boat capsized in the Khuri Buri district.

Four Russians and a Thai tour guide have been rescued after a boat capsized in Mueang Phang Nga.

A catamaran carrying 29 people, the majority being foreign tourists, capsized this evening, December 23rd, 2023, near Dongtan Beach after coming from Koh Larn near sunset. There were six minor injuries.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.