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Boat capsizes in Thailand; 2 Indian tourists dead

October 5, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Indian tourists drowned Sunday near a popular resort area in southern Thailand after their boat capsized in bad weather, police said, the latest blow to the country’s tourism industry.

The pair were not wearing life jackets when the small boat they were traveling in overturned during a heavy downpour about 100 meters (yards) from Nopparatara beach in Krabi province, local police officer Rittichai Wangsud said.

The tourists were returning from a visit to nearby Railay Beach, which is well known for the towering limestone crags that line its shores.

Rittichai said the boat’s Thai pilot survived and was in custody. He said the man was being charged in the deaths and could face up to 10 years in jail.

Thailand’s tourist industry has been struggling to recover from a May 22 military coup, and Sunday’s deaths come after the killing last month of two British tourists on a beach on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao.