A Hong Kong woman died after a speedboat she was travelling in crashed in Thailand on Thursday afternoon. She was one of 32 passengers on the Ang Thong Explorer, which hit rough waters and capsized off the coast of Koh Samui, according to the BBC.
A British woman is also among the casualties, while a British man and a German woman are still missing. Several other passengers were injured and required hospitalisation. The boat was travelling from Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park when it reportedly hit a big wave, flipped and then hit a rock at around 5pm.
Another speed boat and a rescue boat came to the rescue of the stricken vessel. Of the 32 passengers, 31 were tourists, from Australia, Britain, Romania and Austria, as well as Hong Kong.
The body of the Hong Kong woman was found at around 11am.
Koh Samui is an island destination in Thailand popular among Hong Kong tourists, known for its beautiful beaches and nightlife.
The Immigration Department said it has contacted the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong, the Chinese Consulate in Songkhla Province in Thailand and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong.
It said according to information provided by the latter two, the incident involved two Hong Kong people, one of whom suffered a minor injury and was treated at a local hospital and has been discharged. The other Hong Kong resident went missing after the accident.
The Immigration Department has contacted the families of the injured person and the missing person to provide assistance. The department has requested local authorities to follow up with the accident through the Chinese Embassy in Thailand.
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