PHUKET: A speed boat carrying Chinese tourists from Koh Lone to Chalong Pier took on water yesterday morning and sank about 500 meters from Chalong Pier.

A passing longtail boat safely transferred the 16 passengers and three boat crew members from the speedboat to the pier.

The speed boat Alisa 2 was nearing Chalong at about 8am when the boat crew noticed that they were taking on water at the back of the boat.