Storm maroons tourists
PHUKET, 27 May 2013: More than 100 tourists stranded on Hong Island off Krabi on Saturday have been rescued in a combined rescue operation by the Chaofa Krabi Centre Marine Rescue Operation, Marine Police and Phi Phi Tours.
Phuketwan.com, an online news service said two tourists were injured and required hospital treatment.
Over the weekend storms played havoc along the coast of Krabi province and Phuket smashing boats and damaging piers.
Severe squalls struck the Phuket and Andaman coastal region. Agencies issued warnings that all boats should stay ashore, but many some leisure boat operators ignored the warnings.
At least eight boats were also reported to have been sunk at Phi Phi in the storm, but there were no injuries to tourists or crew members, a spokesman for the centre said.
The severe storm has been forecast days in advance, but was slower to strike the Phuket and Andaman region than officials predicted.
The storm caused waves of f three metres and conditions will remain poor until Tuesday.
Boat captains along the Andaman coast have been told to stay ashore.