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Thailand, Koh Lipe: Locals save yacht as it drags its anchor out to sea

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 23, 2011 08:14 PM

Published: 2011-11-23 20:14:25
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: Thailand

Last night (21 November) on anchor in Pattaya beach in Koh Lipe, we noticed a sailboat was dragging while her owners were having drinks on the beach. There was not much we could do since we have dinghy outboard issues at the moment. Fortunately, we had a contact at Ocean Pro's dive shop and the guys rushed out in the dark to save the boat that was at least 1 mile out to sea in about 150 feet of depth already.

They couldn't take the anchor in and decided to tow the whole lot back to the bay slowly. The operation took about 2 hours in rough weather. The owners finally came back after the local bar owners located them using their speakers.

It was with much surprise we saw the boat leaving next morning very early without giving any compensation to the locals who saved their boat...not even a beer!? This is really rude and we would like to ask fellow cruisers to think twice before they even consider such selfish behaviour as it might be very difficult to find help next time for anybody when their boat runs into difficulties.

Denis & Maria
S/V Theis
Koh Lipe -Thailand