Nine British Tourists Are Rescued From Their Burning Yacht Off Thailand After It Was Struck by Lightning

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.

Lightning Bolt Sets Boat On Fire

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.

Coast Guard Saves Tourists On Boat

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.