Boats allowed back to sea from Phuket
With a tropical storm moved on, the Phuket Marine Office has lifted its ban on boats leaving port.
The decision means than fishing boats, commercial vessels and tour boats can again head off from Phuket, Krabi and other ports to the offshore islands and tourists and passengers stranded on the islands when the ban was imposed on Thursday afternoon can continue with their journeys.
The government took precautionary measures on Thursday and asked some Marine National Parks to close, as well as insisting that marine authorities stop vessels from leaving port.
Tourists were stranded on several islands, but Marine Office vessels helped evacuate some from nearby islands on Friday morning.
A boat from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Phuket Office was sent on Friday morning to pick up tourists from Koh Racha and take them back to Phuket.