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Seven people missing after Koh Samui ferry capsizes

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1 hour ago, DoctorG said:

Overloaded/badly balanced?

Without doubt as it rolled over just 2 nautical miles from port.. A port it should never have left.

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An uncaring troll post and the replies have been removed. 

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"It wasn’t immediately exactly how many people were on board."

No. Words.

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1 hour ago, PEE TEE said:

I did not know the ferries ran after 7pm. sad news i wonder how good the inspections for safety are on the  Raja company? 

 

It was a cargo vessel not a ferry fortunately. There are classification societies that at least annually checks the standards of ships. Without classification the ship owners can't get any certificates, which they need to legally operate their vessels. How that works here in Thailand is for me unknow but it is a worldwide standard so I can't see how they can do differently, but it's obviously not as it should be.

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Posted (edited)

Safety first. 🤨🤪 of course all incidents are nothing but accidents. 

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17 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Or how about the captain of the boat ignored the bad conditions and still went ahead ?  

 

From the various indications here, I'm thinking the use of the term "accident" here is incorrect.

 

Kind of begins to remind of a prior travel despite storm warnings mishap a couple years back out of Phuket:

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/06/asia/phuket-thailand-boats-capsize-death-intl/index.html

 

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The Thai authorities have provided conflicting information regarding the total number of people who were on the two boats and a jet ski that sank on Thursday afternoon in rough seas. The vessels went out despite a severe weather warning, which was still in place for much of the country's southern coast on Friday, according to the Thailand Meteorological Department.

 

Edited by TallGuyJohninBKK

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I stopped using Raja when I realized that;

 

- Their life rafts were a full TWELVE YEARS out of date;

 

- I could see the sea through the walls, &

 

- Diesel fumes caused nausea among many aboard (inc Me!) as there was frankly no escaping them.

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Officials said a full investigation will be launched

well lets hope its  not  launched into the sea, probably be as  much use though, why waste  time with the investigation,  here  Ill save you the  time, cause  of  accident  lack of everything.

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18 minutes ago, The Theory said:

Safety first. 🤨🤪 of course all incidents are nothing but accidents. 

like  most  births

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That's a rough stretch of water....I got off the night train about 15 years ago with a friend to go scuba Samui...... all the fishing boats were heading in, I have also been a merchant seaman for some years--and you could see that this just wasn't going to happen. So we went to the ticket agent girl (all been paid for up front in BKK) she explained that if they took the ferry out into the straights, then turned back because of bad weather then there was no refund. If they just said we cant do it then they had to give our money back---no prizes for whet option they took.

I wasn't on it--but the people looked quite shook up when the got back 2 hours latter..

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6 minutes ago, evadgib said:

My son has just crossed in the other direction and says the sea is flat (@1445hrs) despite the continued wind.

It is pretty calm now, but this morning there was a pretty ferocious storm for a few hours.

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4 hours ago, mickymouse1 said:

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

Hm,...Lots of tourist buses from Bangkok stop at Don Sak to unload passengers, some buses get on the ferry and others pick up passengers from the ferry. I must have taken the ferry over a hundred times go and back to Samui !

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20 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

then turned back because of bad weather then there was no refund

That famous   Thai service  rears  its  head  again

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     Its quite common for the sea to be like mill pond, before a storm, Hence the expression " the lull before the storm" I know from first hand experience, when I was stupid enough to risk it when I had a 51 ft. ex fishing vessel, I never ignored weather warnings again.

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