Six Belgian tourists have been rescued after reportedly getting stuck on an island near Sattahip in Chonburi Province.
The Royal Thai Navy based in Sattahip was notified on Sunday night (December 5th) that six Belgian tourists had gone to the sea with three very small boats and run into trouble.
One of the boats suffered a malfunction and another boat sprung a water leak. The remaining boat was too small to carry all six to the mainland. The passengers managed to take refuge on Koh Kram Island, where they used a radio to call for help.
Koh Kram is a large island that is normally off-limits to tourists as a nature preserve and nesting ground for sea turtles.
Navy officers immediately went out to help and arrived on Koh Kram early Monday morning during strong winds, waves, and darkness. All six Belgian tourists safely arrived back on land and no injuries were reported, although several were “shaken up” by the experience according to the Navy.
The tourists, whose names were withheld at request, stated “we love the Royal Thai Navy and without them, we don’t know what would have happened to us.” The Royal Thai Navy is looking into the exact cause of the incident.