70 injured in Thai resort boat collision – up to 10 are missing

Up to 70 passengers have been injured in a speedboat accident in the waters of Koh Samui in Thailand and authorities are working to see if any are missing.

A 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 10pm (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 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.

Thai media reports said two speedboats had collided about five kilometres off the coast of Koh Phangan on the return from the full moon party.

The Thailand Times said as many as 30 people were injured and taken to hospitals at Koh Samui and the Bangkok International Hospital.

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

The boats had a capacity of 70 people and it is feared up to ten or more people could be missing.

If anyone was concerned about their friends or family in the area they should attempt to contact them directly, DFAT said.

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