Three Britons die in boat crash off Thai island

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At least three Britons died when their speedboat capsized while they were returning from a beach party in Thailand.

Two British men and a British woman are among the eight people confirmed dead after the boat, Sea Breeze, flipped three miles off the coast of Ko Samui. It was returning partygoers from an all-night party on the neighbouring island of Ko Pha-Ngan.

One of the dead men was named as Marc Elder-Bradley, 38, from London. Divers are trying to find the 15 still missing and police are questioning tourists to try to discover who was aboard the boat.

One survivor, Gary Bamforth, 30, a printer from Chiswick, west London, said the 30ft boat was at twice its capacity and few of the estimated 50 passengers were wearing life vests. "There were people screaming in the water and lots of noise. It was all pretty intense. We were not offered life jackets or anything like that."

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