A pirate-themed floating restaurant, aimed at foreign tourists, has sunk in rough seas off Pattaya, according to a Nation Thailand report. The restaurant was closed due to bad weather and there were no injuries or fatalities reported and nobody on board at the time.
“Krakenian The Private of Pattaya” was a popular tourist boat, with a seating capacity of 100. A salvage operation was launched following the capsize and sinking of the vessel, which happened in rough seas around 2 kilometres off the Pattaya coast.
The owner of the boat, Prachyaporn Ploymukda, says strong winds and big waves in the Gulf of Thailand caused the vessel to sink.
“The rear part of the raft boat sank after being swamped by waves.”
Prachyaporn adds that the boat had been operating as a pirate-themed restaurant since December, but had also offered other activities in the past.
“The boat also offered squid fishing, music shows, and karaoke rooms.”
Officials have summoned the owner to bring in the business’s documentation and accounts as the investigation into the cause of the sinking gets underway.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand