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Hoping for good news: The Israeli girl's family on shore in Krabi tonight

Israeli Girl Named as Missing After Fire Sinks Ferry Between Krabi and Phuket

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
PHUKET: The 12-year-old daughter of an Israeli family holidaying in Thailand is missing, feared lost, after a ferry burned to the waterline then sank between Phuket and Krabi today.

She was named tonight by Marine Police as Shani Maril.

The owner of the ferry, Niyom Pewdee, told Phuketwan tonight that the family from Israel comprised a father, mother and three children.

''The 12-year-old girl went to the toilet just before the fire broke out on the boat about 3pm today,'' Khun Niyom said. ''We hope she is found safe but there is no sign of her yet.''

The fire started in the stern of the vessel, where the toilet was located.

He said the vessel was valued at 20 million baht. All passengers were fully insured, he said.

Nine children were among the mostly-European passengers on the Ao Nang Princess 5, along with 109 adult passengers and the ferry's crew.

Tonight search boats were still scouring the sea in the hope that the girl had somehow survived.

A Royal Thai Navy vessel equipped with powerful spotlights was likely to be at the site of the sinking within hours.

Khun Niyom said that the boat burned quickly.

''Speedboats and trawlers noticed what was happening - the column of smoke went up quite high - and they came to help,'' he said.

''As a result, despite the anxiety, the passengers were taken off or plucked from the water with surprising speed. Now our thoughts are with the Israeli family.''

Khun Niyom said that the boat sank to the bottom, about 18 metres down. Divers were already conducting work by torchlight and hoped to reach the wreck overnight.

Passengers on the Ao Nang Princess 5 often used it to travel from Phuket then make day trips from Krabi to Phi Phi or other islands nearby before returning to Phuket.

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I ALWAYS wear life jacket on those ferries, as then you have 50% chance of survival if in case of emergency you fall unconscionious , and then float with face up. I usually explain it to my friends, and then we together, with a kind of jokes about "50%" sitting even in A/C halls of those ferried in life jackets.
And of course , I try as much as possible to take a place on upper deck - I am fine to unroll beach towel there and take some sunbathing.
Don't hesitate to wear life jackets on ferries, you may will not have a chance to put it on in case of emergency !

Posted by Sue on April 8, 2015 19:55

Editor Comment:

Indeed. Passengers on ferries around the Andaman do not always wear them. More effort should be made to make sure that they do.

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I was on this vessel. I am the only person who filmed the boat on fire from the start and the water. I had to.instruct people to jump over. The father was screaming to the wife she's gone. Once on land the mother and father both struck with grief where just hollow. She wouldn't allow the Thai people to.help her. I helped them get her up and to the building.

Posted by Leslie tabatabai on April 8, 2015 21:47

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Sue,
I can just imagine you sitting there with your life jacket on, set of scales on one knee, tablet on the other, explaining.to the crew that these vests dont satisfy the requirement of the EU life jacket code, 2009, section 16, subsection 3, part B as the colour has faded two shades.

Posted by Manowar on April 10, 2015 15:56


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