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Sunday, January 14, 2018, 18:38
Speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists explodes in Andaman Sea
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Sunday, January 14, 2018, 18:38 By Xinhua

In this Jan 30, 2005 photo, tourists arrive on "Paradise" boats, named after a tour operator, at Hat Yao (Long Beach), an undamaged stretch of Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea. A Thai national was killed and 16 others were injured when a speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and several Thai crew members exploded on in the Andaman Sea near Phi Phi Islands on Jan 14, 2018. (FREDERIC J BROWN / AFP)

BANGKOK – A speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and several Thai crew members exploded on southern Thailand's Andaman Sea near Phi Phi Islands on Sunday.

Local media said there was a fuel leak. When the captain went to check the engine, it suddenly exploded

A Thai national was killed and 16 others were injured, according to local media.

The speedboat was on its way to Phi-Phi Islands and caught fire near the Viking Cave in the sea at about 1 pm local time (0600 GMT) on Sunday. 

Five Chinese were seriously injured, according to the Consulate-General of China in Songkhla.

The consulate said all the Chinese tourists were helped ashore while the rescue team was still searching for the others. The injured persons were taken to hospital.

Local media said there was a fuel leak. The captain went to check the engine and it suddenly exploded. The fire quickly spread, prompting all the passengers to scramble for swimming vests and jump into the sea.

Local media said there were five Thai passengers and 27 Chinese tourists, including three children on board. A seriously injured Thai crew member was later pronounced dead from burns.

An investigation is underway.

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