It’s almost unbearable to watch as passengers shriek and cry out in terror as a sinking boat is caught on video. The footage from January 29, 2014 in Similan Islands, Phuket, depicts 13 men and women practically diving off of a boat in fear of their lives.
Even though everyone on the dive boat made it to safety that did not stop fear and panic from rushing in as water began crashing over its passengers.
According to Nat Kongkasem, Director of the Similan Islands National Park, the cruiser which was spotted between Bon Island and Tachai Island, was operating illegally, not registered and was not in an area controlled by the park.
“The vessel operates out of Ranong… It was not registered to operate in the national park and the hull was clearly of poor quality,” Mr. Kongkasem said.
Frank, the manager of Aladdin Dive Safari, said their vessel was in good condition but that it was other factors which destroyed and sank the dive boat.
“We got a rope in the propeller that actually broke the propeller off, not all the way, but that’s why water came inside the boat. There was a boat not too far away, all the people were saved. Everybody is fine ‘people-wise’. It’s just a loss on our side that the boat is gone, everything,” Frank said.
Another boat in the area, Peter Pan ported in Phuket came to the rescue of Aladdin. It has been suggested the Aladdin which docks in Ranong, bordering Myanmar, was on a 4-day expedition.