On July 5, The Phoenix, a three decker boat travelling off the coast of Phuket, capsized after being caught in a storm with 5m high waves. The boat held 93 Chinese Tourists and 12 Thai crew members or guides. Unfortunately, the accident has left over 40 individuals dead with 11 still missing. So far, officials say that 49 people have been rescued. An investigation has been launched into why The Phoenix ignored the bad weather warning, with police also seeking to charge the captain and owner of the vessel for negligence.
This is Thailand’s worst tourist related disaster in years. Yet, even with the accidents, political turmoil and terrorism that has plagued Thailand over the past decade, the country has always bounced back from bad press. Thus, earning it the name “Teflon Thailand”.
(Photo: Associated Press)