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Seven people missing after Koh Samui ferry capsizes

 

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Seven people are missing after a cargo ferry travelling from Koh Samui capsized on Saturday night.

 

The ferry, operated by the Raja Ferry Co, got into difficulty at around 10pm as it headed to Donsak pier.

 

The ferry was carrying a 10 wheel trailer, 3 garbage trucks and two pick up trucks. It wasn’t immediately exactly how many people were on board.

 

Thairath on Sunday said a total of 9 people had been rescued while 7 others were still missing. 

 

Officials said a full investigation will be launched into the incident but it is likely the ferry got into difficulty in strong waves. 

 

On Friday, Thailand’s Meteorological Department warned of storms and heavy weather nationwide.

 

This is a developing news story.
 

Source: Thairath

 

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R.I.P indeed.

 

But "Business as usual" for Thailand. Prospective Chinese tourists will be interested. And I get to worry that I am taking too many holidays to Koh Chang.

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1 hour ago, Boomer6969 said:

R.I.P indeed.

 

But "Business as usual" for Thailand. Prospective Chinese tourists will be interested. And I get to worry that I am taking too many holidays to Koh Chang.

it's not the passenger ferry that tourists usually take. Last time I took the ferry was 1991 and I wouldn't do it again.

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2 hours ago, petermik said:

I discovered quite some time ago...don`t use Raja to get to Samui.

R.I.P. to the deceased :jap:

I very much doubt normal travellers use cargo ferry for crossing , not to mention the heavy loads!!

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I’ve done that Crossing in bad weather. It’s true people do actually go green... For the return journey I didn’t have any breakfast, I was really glad I didn’t...

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3 minutes ago, sahibji said:

hope the ferry was carrying suitable number of protective equipment like life jackets to give passengers a chance of survival.

I have not been on a Raja ferry for a while, but I am sure that they do carry lifejackets. Whether the passengers wear them or not is another thing.

Looking at some photos on another thread, I cannot see any lifejackets on the people in the water.

 

 

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