PHUKET: The luxury charter cruise boat Lady Andaman sunk after striking a concrete mooring in the approach channel to Chalong Pier late yesterday afternoon.

The mooring punched a hole in the hull of the Phuket motor yacht as it was returning from Coral Island with 32 tourists on board, explained Australian boat owner “Sando”, who declined to be named in full.

“It was about 4:30pm, coming up to low tide, when we hit the mooring.