Nine Scots rescued from burning yacht hit by lightning off Thailand

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Nine Scots have been rescued from a burning yacht after it was struck by lightning off Thailand.

Lilia, 68 and Bill Tennant, 65, were with seven friends on a yacht off Phuket when it was struck by lightning during a tropical storm and burst into flames.

The incident took place off the coast of Phuket in Thailand. Pictures: Google Maps/ Pexels Free Image

The incident took place off the coast of Phuket in Thailand. Pictures: Google Maps/ Pexels Free Image

A passing fishing boat helped the stricken crew and holidaymakers, and no-one was injured.

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Local police said all the holidaymakers had been safely rescued.
Mr and Mrs Tennant, from Lanark were on holiday with friends Kelvin Atkinson, 65, and Susan Atkinson, 64; Catherine Toy, 64, and Stewart Toy, 66, Anne Anderson, 63, and Martin Anderson, 59; and Margaret Hamilton, 64.