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  • 31 January 2014, 11:58

Tourist Diving Boat Sinks In Thailand

Footage has emerged of a tourist boat in Thailand sinking off the coast within minutes.

All 13 people on board the dive boat Aladdin, which sank in the Similan islands, were rescued by a second boat which by chance was close by.

The unfolding drama was recorded by Swedish diver Dennis Karlsson, 46, who was on the Phuket-based vessel Peter Pan.

He told Sweden's Aftonbladet paper: 'It was just coincidence that our boat was there and could come to the rescue.

''It was really, really serious.

''People threw themselves headlong into the water.

"Some disappeared under the surface.

"It was a very close thing for some of them and people were so grateful that the Peter Pan was there.''

Reports say the Aladdin was not registered and was operating illegally.

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