British sailors rescued by Thai fisherman after chartered 50ft catamaran catches fire

The group were thought to be experienced sailorsCredit: Viral Press Catamaran Kelvin Atkinson, 65, and 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 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lawyer Mr Tennant is understood to have served as Lord Cornet of Lanark in 1989 – an honorary position which involves being the town’s representative for a year. And his wife Lilias was said to have served as a director of the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland during her career, which recently ended having retired from Mr Tennant’s law firm. The group – who were thought to be experienced sailors – had only arrived in Phuket on Friday and were taken to safety without any injuries, it was reported.  Four couples and a woman were rescued in  Phang Nga Bay, off the coast of PhuketCredit:Viral Press Nine British sailing enthusiasts were saved by Thai fishermen after their rented yacht caught fire when it was hit by lightning. The four couples and a woman were on the 50ft catamaran in Phang Nga Bay, off the coast of Phuket, when they were caught in a tropical storm. As high winds rocked the chartered vessel at around 4.30pm on Saturday, those on board took cover below deck. But half an hour later, lightning struck and the yacht started to burn. Luckily for the architects, lawyers and accountants on board, Thai fishermen were on hand to haul them ashore as the burning catamaran sank.The tourists were named by The Times as William, 65, and Lilias Tennant, 68; Catherine, 64, and Stewart Toy, 66; Kelvin, 65, and Susan Atkinson, 64; Anne, 63, and Martin Anderson, 59; and Magret Hamilton, 64. read more