ALL of the Shenzhen travelers in Thailand, 5,162 in 239 travel groups organized by Shenzhen travel agencies, are safe, and there were no Shenzhen travelers on the ships that accidentally capsized off Phuket island, according to a release from the Shenzhen tourism administration yesterday.
Following the incident, the Shenzhen tourism administration sent two employees to Phuket to help local authorities check and verify who are not from Shenzhen.
Fifteen travelers had booked tickets for the two ships involved in the tragedy through a Shenzhen travel agency via a travel service platform, said Zhang Daoxin, director of the travel supervision department of the Shenzhen tourism administration.
Of them, 12 have died and the three others were saved, including a resident from Lufeng County in Shanwei City, Guangdong Province, and two from Shanghai, Zhang said.
Shenzhen Each Travel now has 12 travel groups in Thailand. Lin Guanghua, manager of the travel agency, said the company will follow up with travel groups and give timely risk reminders to travelers.
"Our tour guides or group leaders will adjust and even cancel itineraries if there are potential risks that may jeopardize the safety of travelers," said Lin.
At a work safety meeting yesterday, Shenzhen Vice Mayor Wu Yihuan required the tourism administration and travel agencies to take measures and launch inspections to prevent work safety accidents.
The Shenzhen tourism administration and tourism association have launched inspections to improve work safety awareness among travel agencies and reinforce training for employees. Some overseas DIY tourism products that failed to meet standards have been suspended.
Thailand's Phuket Provincial Governor Norraphat Plodthong said yesterday that 42 people had been killed, five remained missing and 42 passengers were rescued from the capsized boat called Phoenix.
Forty-one bodies have been retrieved from the water, but one body was pressed into the seabed by the sunken wreckage of Phoenix, he said. So far 37 bodies have been identified.
Local authorities originally listed 10 people as missing, but Thai and Chinese authorities later found five of the missing passengers through their hotel check-in and check-out information. However, the authorities have not been able to contact them.
According to a Xinhua report quoting the governor, four of the people who had purchased tickets did not board the boat, so there were actually 89 passengers aboard, instead of the original figure of 93, when Phoenix and the other tourist boat, Serenita, capsized in rough seas off Phuket on Thursday.
Phuket police chief Major General Theerapol Thipcharoen said local police would continue the investigation into the owner of the companies that operated the two sunken boats.
He vowed to get to the bottom of the case in order to reveal the truth of the accident. At the same time, police and other related authorities have learned a lesson from the accident and will upgrade Thai maritime safety standards to the international level, he said.