Tourist cruiser towed to shore by Thai authorities after being stranded on rocks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-25 19:54:48|Editor: xuxin
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BANGKOK, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Royal Thai Navy said on Monday that a tourist cruiser got stuck on the rocks near Phi Phi Island in Thailand's South in the very early hours of Monday.

The Royal Thai Navy's Region 3 Operational Centre was notified of the incident at 1.45 a.m. local time and quickly dispatched officers off to the Andaman Sea to provide assistance.

The La Belle Des Ocean vessel was a Belgian registered cruiser and was traveling from Landa Island to Phuket when it got stuck near the rocks off Phi Phi Island. No one was injured, said the Royal Thai Navy.

Navy officers found the vessel was heavily damaged by rocks and sea water was seeping into the vessel.

The ship had departed from a port in Singapore and was heading to tourist attractions in the Andaman Sea.

The Royal Thai Navy said that when the vessel was stuck in the rocks and was unable to move, Thai Navy officers then contacted the Thai Sriracha battle ship to tow the cruiser to shore.

The rescue mission took at least 9 hours before the tourist cruiser was safely towed into Phuket shore at about 10 a.m. local time in the morning.