Miraculous escape for 13 after dive boat sink

Dramatic footage has emerged showing terrified passengers hurling themselves from a sinking tourist dive boat off the coast of Thailand. As the vessel - named Aladdin - went down in minutes, people can be heard screaming and shouting for help as they realise that they are in danger.

The passengers, all tourists, were on a four-day live-aboard adventure trip when the boat sank. The incident happened between Bon and Tachai islands, off Phuket, the Mail Online reported.

The video footage was first brought out by Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper.

Some of the passengers who jumped off the boat were sucked under the waves as they tried to escape. Others were able to swim to safety.

Miraculously none of the 13 people on board died after people on another boat swam over to save them.

Swedish diver Dennis Karlsson, 46, who was on board the Peter Pan, took the footage of the boat sinking and the dramatic rescue which happened last week.

"It was just a coincidence that our boat was there and could come to the rescue," Aftonbladet quoted Mr Karlsson as saying.

"It was really, really serious. It took on a lot of water. People threw themselves headlong into the water. It was really amazing that everyone survived."

The incident comes just three months after six tourists died when an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank off the Thai coast.

The double-decker ferry, which was carrying around 200 people, had an engine problem which caused it to flip on its side and sink.


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