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Pregnant Malaysian Mother And 6-Year-Old Child Fall Victim To Overturned Boat In Krabi, Thailand

Pregnant Malaysian Mother And 6-Year-Old Child Fall Victim To Overturned Boat In Krabi, Thailand

It was said that only the boat operator was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

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A pregnant Malaysian mother and her six-year-old daughter died while holidaying in Thailand.

The longtail boat they were on capsized near the coast of the country’s southern Krabi province recently.

In the incident at 1 pm (local time), a 36-year-old woman, her 38-year-old husband, and their daughter were on their way to Poda Island.

Thailand Post quoted Krabi provincial governor Passakorn Bunyalak as saying that the boat they were on was believed to have been hit by a giant wave causing it to capsize.

The family and the boat operator were adrift at sea before being rescued by local fishermen. All of them were brought ashore at Klong Sai Jetty and rushed to Krabi Hospital.

Krabi provincial governor Passakorn Bunyalak elaborating on the incident.

The woman and her daughter were unconscious when the fishermen found them, and they were later confirmed dead.

The Husband And Boatman Are In Stable Condition

After being rescued, they were sent to the hospital for emergency treatment.

The husband and the 45-year-old Thai boat operator survived, but the mother and daughter were later confirmed dead.

The survivors were reported to be in good condition, now under the close supervision of the hospital.

When contacted by Bernama, Malaysian Consul General in Songkhla Muhammad Ridzuan Abu Yazid said that the consulate office is trying to provide appropriate assistance to repatriate the victims’ bodies to Malaysia.

In the past, boat accidents had also happened in Krabi, a region known for its many offshore islands. 

Why Do They Use Longtail Boats In Thailand?

Longtail boats are popular in Thailand because they mainly use secondhand car and truck engines which are cheap to buy plus cheap and easy to maintain.

The propeller shaft is simply an extension of the engine drive shaft.

Known locally as ‘rua hang yao’, they are Thailand’s most distinctive form of waterborne transport.

Riding the waves at a top speed of around 15 knots, long-tail boats can carry up to 20 passengers.

Although they’re not a luxurious mode of transport, they’re still seaworthy and give a surprisingly smooth ride, even in rough weather.

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