16 hurt as Thai tourist speedboat explodes
A tourist speedboat has exploded just off Thailand's popular island of Phi Phi, injuring 16 people on board.
The 31 tourists on board the speedboat, 26 of them Chinese and the rest Thai nationals, were rescued by local authorities after the boat exploded and caught fire on Sunday, according to the island's police chief, Boonthawee Thoraksa.
The 16 injured tourists were sent to a local hospital for treatment. The captain of the boat was among three people who suffered serious burns in the accident, Boonthawee said.'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell dead at 81
Police pointed to leaked petrol at the front of the boat as the cause of the explosion. The fire then spread to the entire vessel, prompting tourists to jump into the sea.
The boat sank after all passengers were rescued, police added. The boat was travelling between Phuket and Phi Phi island.
Koh Phi Phi, located in the province of Krabi 780 kilometres south of the capital Bangkok, is known for its pristine beaches.Two dead, 30 injured in China explosion
Its Maya Bay was the main filming location of The Beach, a Hollywood blockbuster released in 2000.
Boat accidents are common in Thailand. In January last year, 18 tourists were rescued after their boat caught fire and sank near Koh Lipe, another popular island in southern Thailand.