Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea off Phang Nga Bay

Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea off Phang Nga Bay
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A tour boat carrying 16 Chinese tourists and several Thais sunk off Phang Nga Bay on Sunday morning, as a mechanical issue was being repaired and large waves capsized the vessel, said Ao Phang Nga National Park chief Sarayuth Tansathien.

A 29-year-old Chinese tourist sustained bruises on her chest and arms while the rest of the passengers were rescued without suffering injuries.

Thai tourist Narumon Jayor, 19, said the boat's engine suddenly stopped near Koh Raya and boat crew members were repairing it in mid-sea when large waves hit the boat.

The tourists were wearing life jackets and officials responding to the incident rescued them.

Sarayuth said authorities had warned people about strong winds and waves in the Andaman Sea and urged fishing trawlers and tour boats to exercise caution.

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