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Two Russian children die in Thai tourist boat crash

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Two Russian children die in Thai tourist boat crash
One of the damaged boats this morning (Feb 10, 2020). PHOTO: Eakkapop Thongtub

Russian siblings aged 12 and six-years-old died Monday in a speed boat accident off the tourist island of Phuket, an official said, as two vessels collided near a pier.

The accident took place 100 metres off a privately-run pier in Phuket, after the speed boat carrying Russian tourists to a nearby island crashed into an incoming vessel.

“The cause of the accident was speeding by both the drivers,” a Phuket government official said, requesting anonymity.

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The brother and sister died in the crash, while “21 other Russians were injured, two critically” he added.

Thailand’s tourism industry has been hard hit by a combination of the sharp slump in Chinese visitors since the coronavirus outbreak and the strong Thai baht.

Accidents at popular resorts — mainly car, motorbike and boat crashes — are common in a kingdom with lax enforcement of safety rules.


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