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Pattaya ferry fatal sinking

04/11/2013

All too common in Thailand. No-one will ever deal with this dangerous overcrowding-

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I saw this story break on twitter but I wanted to wait until the authorities had the light of day to do a real count of the injuries and fatalaties but alas this is Thailand, and so the authorities (who are they anyway?) are doing nothing but  covering up anything they can and causing confusion amongst the media.

Yesterday evening a ferry making its way back from Koh Lang to Pattaya (a 30 minute journey) encountered engine problems/the water pump stopped working, making the passengers (of whom there were too many) all go up onto the top deck.  Boat taking on water + overloaded top deck = capsize and sink.  Initial reports are suggesting that there were too many passengers (some are saying there were double the capacity) and therefore not enough life jackets, and that six people (3 Thai, 2 Russian, 1 Chinese) sadly died.

It is a common…

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