NINE Brits have been rescued from a burning yacht in Thailand after it was struck by lightning during a tropical storm.
The group were sailing off the coast of Phuket in the 50ft Beneteau catamaran when the fire erupted on Saturday afternoon.
Police said the passengers cowered below deck as rough seas rocked the vessel and thunder raged overhead.
They received a May Day call at around 5pm, and the coastguard were scrambled.
Flames, ignited by a lightening bolt, ripped through the upmarket Beneteau vessel, named Emmjay.
Passing fishing boat raced to help the crew – which included crew, four married couples and one other British woman.
Footage shows the boat burning wreckage after the holidaymakers had been hauled to safety.
The British tourists on board were Kelvin Atkinson, 65, and Susan Atkinson, 64; Catherine Toy, 64, and Stewart Toy, 66; William Tennant, 65, and Lilias Tennant, 68; Anne Anderson, 63, and Martin Anderson, 59; and Magret Hamilton, 64.
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Lieutenant Colonel Brapan Chanprakon said: “There were nine passengers on board and assisted by fishing ships they landed safely. There were no injuries or deaths.
“The police department is investigating and speaking with witnesses and [the] boat owner.”
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