The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip. All 20 or so people on board are safe, though they lost their belongings, and a great deal of expensive dive gear is understood to have gone down with the boat, reports the Phuket Gazette.
The Blue Star was a 28-metre live-aboard vessel with 13 cabins capable of accommodating up to 26 passengers. She had a maximum speed on 10 knots.
Citing the Finnish principal of Chalong Sea Sports, Pekka Torri, The Phuket Gazette reports that all the crew and divers were rescued unharmed, having been taken off the burning vessel by a passing fishing boat. All have now returned to Phuket.
Source: The Phuket Gazette