Friday, 31 January 2014

Heart stopping footage of Thailand tourist hurling selves overboard as boat sinks under great waves

A dramatic footage has emerged showing a ship - named ‘Aladdin’ – sinking under great waves as people on board can be heard screaming and shouting for help when they realised that they were in grave danger.

Some of the passengers who jumped off the boat were sucked under the waves as they tried to escape. Others were able to dive to safety. Miraculously none of the 13 people on board died after people on another boat swam over to save them.

Swedish diver Dennis Karlsson, 46, who was on board the Peter Pan, took the footage of the boat sinking and the dramatic rescue.(see pictures after the jump). ‘It was just a coincidence that our boat was there and could come to the rescue,’ he told Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper.

It is believed that Aladdin, which sank between Bon Island and Tachai Island in Thailand's south, was on a four-day live-aboard adventure trip at the time it sank. The incident comes just three months after six tourists died when an overcrowded ferry carrying 200 people capsized and sank off the Thai coast.
Dramatic rescue: Passengers dived from the sinking dive boat as it went down off the coast of Thailand
Screams of terror: The 13 passengers on board panicked and jumped for their lives as the boat began to sink
Illegal and unregistered: The boat, named Aladdin, which was illegally operating in the area, quickly sank after its hull was punctured 
Peter Pan to the rescue: Passengers on board a nearby boat, Peter Pan, rescued the passengers and brought them to safety
 Captured on camera: The dramatic events were recorded by a Swedish diver on board the Peter Pan

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