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Israeli girl dies in Thai ferry fire: police

AFP

A 12-year-old Israeli girl who was reported missing after a blaze destroyed a ferry packed with tourists in southern Thailand has been found dead, police said on Thursday.

Divers discovered her body trapped inside the toilet of the vessel a day after more than 100 foreigners were plucked from the Andaman Sea in a dramatic rescue when the ferry travelling between the town of Krabi and Phuket island caught fire.

"Divers found her body at around 11:00 am inside the toilet at the rear of the boat," Lieutenant General Decha Butnampetch, southern region police commander, told AFP.

He added she was the sole fatality from the accident and that her family have been informed.

Initially Krabi police had said everyone on board was safe but the Israeli girl was later listed as missing.

The search was called off due to strong currents and darkness after the sudden blaze Wednesday afternoon before resuming Thursday morning.

Among the passengers pulled from the sea were nationals from Britain, Switzerland, the United States and China.

Accidents involving boats, buses and other forms of public transport are common in Thailand, where safety standards are generally poor.

Overcrowded tourist ferries and other boats are notorious for capsizing, catching fire or hitting rocks, especially during peak tourist season when vessels are pushed to their limit.

In November 2013 three tourists were among six dead when an overcrowded ferry sank off the coast of the popular resort of Pattaya.

Thailand is striving to burnish its reputation as a tourist haven after 11 months which have seen a military coup, martial law, and scandals including the murder of two British backpackers last year.

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I know this happens elsewhere in the world, but these 2 x paragraphs sum up Thailand's transportation exactly:

"Accidents involving boats, buses and other forms of public transport are common in Thailand, where safety standards are generally poor.

Overcrowded tourist ferries and other boats are notorious for capsizing, catching fire or hitting rocks, especially during peak tourist season when vessels are pushed to their limit."

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Heart goes out to the parents.

No good to talk about safety in Thailand it'll always fall on deaf ears; this is a country that cares only about money. Earlier today the government stated that the would attempt to 'negotiate' with the ICAO over air safety issues ... yes negotiate which clearly shows how incompetent this country is.

Planes, boats, buses, minivans, taxis, jet skis ... avoid them at all cost if you value your life.

But you see, it IS about money. Safety is about money. Safety costs money. One of the problems is that tickets are too cheap. Another is of course that operators don't invest enough in safety. What would happen in a functioning market is that you would in due course have a diversified bunch, some operators offering decent safety standards in exchange for a slightly higher ticket price. Safety, in this instance, becomes a marketing aspect. Such operators would attract more business than the others and, in theory at least, the others would in time disappear. We know it won't happen like that because, for one reason, there is a dirt-poor populace that cannot afford these tickets and that also wants or needs to travel. I should personally like to keep State out of it. Could imagine a privately run safety certification system that is not just about bribes. It's not, because they make so much more if they keep their reputation intact. Money is a lovely mechanism, when it comes down to it, you just have to put it to proper use.

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I sencerley hope this fairy Co. gets there but sued off over this. This is inexcusable,because they don't want to spend the money to maintain there equipment in a safe manner.

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I know this happens elsewhere in the world, but these 2 x paragraphs sum up Thailand's transportation exactly:

"Accidents involving boats, buses and other forms of public transport are common in Thailand, where safety standards are generally poor.

Overcrowded tourist ferries and other boats are notorious for capsizing, catching fire or hitting rocks, especially during peak tourist season when vessels are pushed to their limit."

A while ago I was walking past a truck making a delivery to Mikes in Pattaya. The front nearside tyre was bald and the tread delaminating. The policeman who was passing the truck at the same time did nothing.

In the UK the driver would have been fined and the truck taken off the road immediately. Road deaths UK 3000 Road deaths Thailand 30000.

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Heart goes out to the parents.

No good to talk about safety in Thailand it'll always fall on deaf ears; this is a country that cares only about money. Earlier today the government stated that the would attempt to 'negotiate' with the ICAO over air safety issues ... yes negotiate which clearly shows how incompetent this country is.

Planes, boats, buses, minivans, taxis, jet skis ... avoid them at all cost if you value your life.

+1...Safety cost money. Very sad for the girl + parents. RIP

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It was a big explosion from the scene being showed on tv this morning, it is just to say when it happen hopefully there is crew member qualified for evacuation and plenty of life jackets.Or life boats,

If the fire started in the engine room aren't they supposed to have a co2 system to be activated from the bridge or any where else on the boat?? have they past the yearly seaworthy inspection??

I did work on a similar boat as a chief engineer and we had to go true all inspection and fire drill that come with the seaworthy inspection.

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I know this happens elsewhere in the world, but these 2 x paragraphs sum up Thailand's transportation exactly:

"Accidents involving boats, buses and other forms of public transport are common in Thailand, where safety standards are generally poor.

Overcrowded tourist ferries and other boats are notorious for capsizing, catching fire or hitting rocks, especially during peak tourist season when vessels are pushed to their limit."

A while ago I was walking past a truck making a delivery to Mikes in Pattaya. The front nearside tyre was bald and the tread delaminating. The policeman who was passing the truck at the same time did nothing.

In the UK the driver would have been fined and the truck taken off the road immediately. Road deaths UK 3000 Road deaths Thailand 30000.

Agreed, I'm not a UK citizen but do have a Vivaro Van I use for business when I'm over there. Their full of shit but obviously for a very good reason which is fully acceptable

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"Initially Krabi police had said everyone on board was safe but the Israeli girl was later listed as missing"

Wow ... is it too difficult to count the number of survivors from this mayhem or can these people dont count ? The incompetence takes a new low level. I dont wonder why more and more visitors say they will NEVER come back to this country thats just getting worse and worse by the day ...

RIP Little girl

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