9 British Tourists Rescued After Yacht is Struck by Lightning and Bursts Into Flames Off Coast of Thailand

The group were on board a vessel near the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms on Saturday afternoon.
The group were on board a vessel near the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms on Saturday afternoon.

Nine British tourists were rescued from a burning yacht after it was struck by lightning during a tropical storm.

The group were on board a Beneteau vessel near the coast of Phuket,Thailand, when they were caught in storms on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the passengers cowered below deck as the sea rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

A lightning bolt then ripped down from the sky and shattered the boat.

Flames ripped through the upmarket Beneteau vessel, named Emmjay, as a passing fishing boat raced to help the crew and holidaymakers – four married couples and one other British woman.

Police received a May Day call at around 5pm and coastguards were dispatched to the scene near the Thalang district.

Footage shows the boat burning to a wreckage after the holidaymakers had been hauled to safety.

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SOURCE: FAITH RIDLER
Daily Mail