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Pattaya Ferry Disaster: At Least Six Dead in Sinking, 20 Missing

Sunday, November 3, 2013
PHUKET: At least six people are dead and 20 are missing after a tourist ferry disaster off Pattaya this afternoon, according to Thai media reports.

It is believed foreigners and Thais are among the dead and missing. ''Three Thais and three foreigners are dead,'' one police officer said.

More could be still trapped in the ferry.

The sinking is the latest in a string of fatal incidents at sea off the Gulf holiday resort.

Detailed reports have you to come, but MCOT is saying that there have been six deaths and 15 serious injuries.

It's thought that the ferry, licenced to carry 150, was carrying 200 when it capsized, throwing passengers into the sea.

The ferry was one kilometre off shore when the vessel tilted. It was the last ferry of the day.

According to one report, a pump failed and the two-deck ferry began listing to one side.

Video taken on the shore showed cpr being administered to passengers at the dock. The vessel was returning from Lan island, a popular day-trip destination.

A series of speedboat crashes off Pattaya have left tourists from China and Korea dead in incidents attributed to the carelessness of the vessel's ''captains.''

Intensive seminars in marine safety have been held.

Phuket has had several close shaves with speedboats and the number of Chinese tourists who drown on day-trips is considered to be too high.

Pattaya Ferry Sinking VIDEO

http://www.mcot.net/site/content?id=52763fff150ba0c4630001af#.UnZNE_kyDhM/

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Pump failure does not make a vessel list & sink. If it was a bilge pump failure, then there must have been a very serious hull defect or pipeline failure to cause such a vessel to list & sink so quickly.

Posted by Logic on November 3, 2013 22:07

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According European newspapers there just life jackets for 150 passengers for 200 passengers.

Posted by Koert on November 3, 2013 22:41

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"Intensive seminars in marine safety have been held"

But where the people holding these seminars experienced in Marine Safety which takes years of experience to achieve, or where they just men in uniforms with little or no Marine background.

Posted by Rod on November 4, 2013 08:27


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