Seven Australians injured in speedboat accident in Thailand

13:04, June 27, 2010      

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Seven Australians have been injured in a speedboat accident in Thailand and authorities have been working to see if any were missing, Australia's media reported on Sunday.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesman said at least seven Australians had been injured in the incident at Koh Samui in Thailand.

"We have received reports of a speed boat accident that occurred at around 10 pm (Thai time) on Saturday night, off Koh Samui in Thailand after Full Moon celebrations," the spokesman said.

The Australian embassy in Bangkok was working with the Thai authorities to assist the seven Australians and identify any other Australians who may have been involved in the accident.

Koh Samui is a popular resort in Thailand where thousands flock to party under the full moon.

The beach scene during the full moon party includes dancing, jugglers, fire-eaters and alcohol.

According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), two speedboats had collided about five kilometers off the coast of Koh Phangan on the return from the full moon party.

As many as 30 people were injured and taken to hospitals at Koh Samui and the Bangkok International Hospital, the AAP reported.

Most had suffered minor injuries including cuts, abrasions and shock but at least two had broken legs and some had suspected fractured ribs.

Source: Xinhua


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