6 June 2024

The search for a second passenger, missing after a tour boat was struck by a waterspout and capsized, ended last evening (Sunday) when his body was recovered from the water near a pier, behind Pak Lad Temple in Bang Tabun Bay in Ban Laem district of Phetchaburi province.

The remains, identified as those of “Kritanat”, a resident of Ban Laem district, were taken to King Mongkut Memorial Hospital for autopsy. The other victim has been identified as “Chanin”, a Bangkok resident.

Phetchaburi governor Natthachai Nampoonsuksant said last night that the relatives of the two people who drowned will receive 29,700 baht each in compensation.

Governor Natthachai expressed his condolences to the families of the two victims, as he said that the tour boat was properly registered, was not overloaded and had sufficient life jackets. Unfortunately, none of the seven passengers were wearing them.

The owners of about 50 houses in the bay area, which sustained damage from the waterspout, will also receive compensation from the Bang Tabun Tambon Administrative Organisation.