Monday, November 4, 2013

Ferry between Koh Larn and Pattaya sinks
- Seven People die, Thais and Foreigners

After the sinking of the ferry between Koh Larn and Pattaya new questions abourt safety standards in Thailands public transport have been raised, as AFP reports. Police said that apart from the dead, all of the 150-200 others on the boat - including many Russians -- were believed to have been rescued. Nineteen people were injured. But nobody knew how many people were on board. "There's no head count", said a European working in the marine tourism industry in Pattaya. He added: "The boats are very old. There's no maintenance."
On Monday divers are going to recover the boat. On Pattaya's main pier the usual business was taking place on Monday. Double-decker wooden ferries were preparing to take tourists for cruises.

Seven die as Pattaya ferry capsizes, reports Bangkok Post. The tourist double-decker ferry from Koh Larn to Pattaya capsized about 100 metres off the main Bali Hai pier in Pattaya Sunday evening. More than 100 passengers were injured, about 10 seriously, including a nine-year-old Thai boy. Read more.

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