Phuket boat accident: Chinese man rescues four, drifts on sea for 12 hours

Phuket boat accident: Chinese man rescues four, drifts on sea for 12 hours
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A young man from Xinyang city of Henan province was applauded by Chinese netizens for his bravery and amazing acts of kindness when two tour boats capsized off Phuket in southern Thailand on Thursday afternoon, Sina.com reported.

Zhang Haofeng and his fiancée Meng Ying were on their pre-marriage trip aboard one of the boats.

According to Meng and other witnesses, when the boat started sinking, Zhang, who's a good swimmer, first escorted Meng to a lifeboat; then he gave his surfboard to an elderly couple and pushed them with all his strength to the lifeboat. But he himself could not get on the lifeboat as it was fully loaded.

He managed to survive on the sea thanks to a floating ball he found later. While he was drifting, he saved another man from drowning by pulling him to the floating ball and they drifted together.

After floating on the sea for 12 hours, they arrived at an island the next morning and were rescued by a fishing boat.

During his ordeal he was bitten by many jellyfishes and rushed to local hospital in Thailand.

49 missing after boat capsizes off Phuket island

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    The Harbour Department announced at 1.26pm on Friday that 40 passengers of the ill-fated Phoenix dive boat were confirmed killed in the sinking on Thursday.

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    Dozens are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand's tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday.

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    Dozens are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand's tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday.

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    Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions.

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    "Right now we are still looking for 49 people. We have helped 48 people from the capsized boat. We have sent boats to help," Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3.

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    "They were all wearing life jackets," he added.

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    Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

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