Britons injured as party boats collide

Rescue workers and police help an unidentified injured Western tourist yesterday in Surat Thani, Thailand, following a speedboat accident.

Forty-two passengers were injured and two were missing after two boats carrying Thai and foreign tourists collided in the Gulf of Thailand on the way to a popular island beach party, police said.

Provincial police officer Adipong Tapee said of the 42 revellers injured, 39 were hospitalised and included four Britons, four Australians and four Singaporeans. He said among the injured were Irish, Norwegian, Malaysian and Thai tourists. The website of The Nation newspaper said the boats overturned, throwing passengers into rough seas.