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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing


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5 hours ago, Jeremy50 said:

Don't expect this to get much news coverage for long.         R.I.P. 40+ Chinese Tourists.

 

Well, by 10 pm tonight, the link to this OP report on The Nation website no longer seems to be valid, and I'm not finding the OP story (at least 40 dead) on their website at this point.

 

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16 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Well, by 10 pm tonight, the link to this OP report on The Nation website no longer seems to be valid, and I'm not finding the OP story (at least 40 dead) on their website at this point.

 

interesting indeed!

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1 hour ago, DrTuner said:

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That thing holds 105 passengers? Looks more suitable for a dozen or less.

They fit 50 in that speedboat behind it.

That ship is plenty big enough for 100 day trippers.

Perhaps there was a stability problem with too many passengers on the upper decks trying to stay clear of the spray. 

If it suddenly came out of the lee of an island and hit large swells at the wrong angle it could take on a heap of water over the side and not recover. If so, very bad driving.

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2 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Well, by 10 pm tonight, the link to this OP report on The Nation website no longer seems to be valid, and I'm not finding the OP story (at least 40 dead) on their website at this point.

 

The story didn't get any coverage on the BBC, RT or French news at midnight (Thai time) tonight, although Thai Channel 5 had a report with video from Phuket.  

 

Perhaps the contradictory local report and confused numbers are making the international media concerned about reporting accuracy?

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12 minutes ago, Familyonthemove said:

The story didn't get any coverage on the BBC, RT or French news at midnight (Thai time) tonight, although Thai Channel 5 had a report with video from Phuket.  

 

Perhaps the contradictory local report and confused numbers are making the international media concerned about reporting accuracy?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44728478

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32 minutes ago, Familyonthemove said:

The story didn't get any coverage on the BBC, RT or French news at midnight (Thai time) tonight, although Thai Channel 5 had a report with video from Phuket.  

 

Perhaps the contradictory local report and confused numbers are making the international media concerned about reporting accuracy?

 

Or everyone's attention is focused on the cave rescue, and they're not minding the usual litany of transport-related death and injury that occurs here regularly.

 

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18 minutes ago, sanemax said:

Yes, I was aware of the BBC web site reports, but I meant the live TV news reports.  Main item was the boys in the cave, second was an accident at a waterfall in Canada where 3 people died, next was the World Cup.  No mention of Phuket at all.  Same on RT which of course opened with reports on London nerve gas incident, then went straight to the football.

 

Perhaps boat accidents are not TV news-worthy, or there's not enough video footage to hold people's limited attention?

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44 minutes ago, Familyonthemove said:

 

 

Perhaps boat accidents are not TV news-worthy, or there's not enough video footage to hold people's limited attention?

 

I suspect that Western news editors may believe that the interest/sympathy of their "home" audience is not much aroused by the deaths of ?? Chinese on holiday.

 

Had there been just one of their own "foreign devils" among them it might have been a different......"story".

 

How interested would you have been if it had happened in the estuary of the Minjiang River.......instead of Thailand?

 

 

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Comments on moderation removed.   Please stick to the topic and stop with the remarks about where a story should be placed.  

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15 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

I hope as much international attention is paid to this incident as to the boys in the cave, to ensure disasters like this are not repeated. 

 

Dont let the world think that Chinese tourists’ lives count for less than Thai footballers.

Very little coverage, but look on YT and every media outlet in the world is covering not much going on in the cave. 40 dead is just not very 'entertaining' it seems, that's how they present everything as a drama, a race against time. Dead kids in the sea is not interesting enough for them

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My Thai wife heard nothing of this story.

If she were killed by these greedy incompetent idiots, I know no amount of money would leave me "satisfied". I'd find other ways to achieve justice.

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9 hours ago, Old Croc said:

Perhaps there was a stability problem with too many passengers on the upper decks trying to stay clear of the spray. 

If it suddenly came out of the lee of an island and hit large swells at the wrong angle it could take on a heap of water over the side and not recover. If so, very bad driving.


I was thinking the same thing. The captain claimed he was hit with "4-5 metre waves". Taken on the beam, that could have easily capsized a boat of that size, especially if it was full to capacity. (The natural inclination of the passengers would have been to move away from an oncoming wave, to the other side of the boat. That would make things even worse as it would actually help capsize the boat by shifting the centre of gravity too far the wrong way.)
Taking the same wave on the bow may have resulted in a lot of wet passengers (maybe a few overboard as well) but should have been survivable.

Another boat capsized as well around the same time but all the passengers were saved. A few other boats apparently had to take shelter in the lee of an island. It wasn't just the one boat (or captain) trying to avoid cancelling a trip (and having to make any "refunds"). Seems quite a few were on the water at the same time/area.

I wonder if they'll make any mention of "life jackets" (being used or having sufficient to provide for all the passengers and crew) or other safety equipment (such as life rafts).

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Two words that seem not to be in the Thai language - RESPONSIBILITY and CONSEQUENCES - if they used these more then things might improve. Burying their heads in the sand like ostriches and the continual stupidity of thinking everything comes down to Karma will be the downfall of this nation.

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24 minutes ago, Kerryd said:

I wonder if they'll make any mention of "life jackets" (being used or having sufficient to provide for all the passengers and crew) or other safety equipment (such as life rafts)

Good point.

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