Three people were injured and two speed boats were damaged after a fire broke out at one of the boats while being repaired at a pier in Thai Muang district of Phang-nga province this afternoon (April 11).
Police reported that one of the speed boats, named Da Marine, was on its way to Similan Islands from Tap Lamu with a group of Chinese tourists, but the boat developed engine malfunctioning mid-way in the sea.
The tour operator then sent another speed boat, named Da Marine 1, to pick up the tourist group for their journey to Similan Islands. After that, Da Marine 1 returned to tow the malfunctioning boat back to their pier for inspection.
As a skipper and a mechanic were repairing the engine, a fire occurred from sparks and it quickly engulfed Da Marine before it spread to Da Marine 1 which was docked nearby.
Both the skipper, the mechanic and a third person sustained slight injuries, but the two vessels were totally burned.
The actual cause of the fire was being investigated.