One tourist killed, 11 Thai and Chinese injured in speed boat fire

One tourist was killed and 11 other tourists of both Thai and Chinese nationalities were injured, four of them in serious condition, when a speed boat in which they were travelling caught fire after the explosion of its engine in the Andaman Sea near Phi-Phi Islands, Krabi province Sunday afternoon.

The speed boat, named King Poseidon 959, was on its way to Phi-Phi Islands with five Thai passengers and 26 Chinese passengers, including three children when its engine exploded reportedly after fuel was leaked from the fuel tank to the engine as the boat was nearing Viking Cave in the sea.

The fire quickly spread, prompting all the passengers to scramble for swimming vests and then jumping into the sea.

Other tourist boats which were cruising nearby then rushed to their rescue and managed to pluck all of them on board to Phi-Phi hospital for first aid. All passengers who were seriously injured were later sent by speed boat to hospitals in Phuket and Krabi provinces for medical treatment.

One of the seriously injured passenger was later pronounced dead from burns.

The identities of the dead victim and the seriously injured were not known.