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Koh Phangan ferry gets stuck on sandbar just after leaving port - 105 saved

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Koh Phangan ferry gets stuck on sandbar just after leaving port - 105 saved

 

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Some 105 passengers had a scary experience yesterday when a Koh Phangan ferry got stranded on a sandbar shortly after leaving port.

 

Raja Ferry Co Ltd, who run the service, sent speedboats to pick up the passengers and crew from the stricken vessel.

 

There were also 40 cars on the car deck. the fate of these would only be confirmed when the tide came in and the ship could be moved. This was reckoned to be after 5pm yesterday.

 

Both the local harbor master and Raja Ferry promised a full investigation saying that the captain and others concerned will be interviewed.

 

Raja Ferry apologized to the passengers for making them late and said that everything would be done to ensure there was not a repeat of the incident.

 

Source: http://news.sanook.com/2209738/

 
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Judging from the picture of this vessel, I'd say the passengers were lucky to be rescued while it was above water!

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Is that a  blurred out logo on the side i (dont) see

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19 minutes ago, poohy said:

Is that a  blurred out logo on the side i (dont) see

singha logo,i just used this boat yesterday! 555

 

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Well, the OP article actually names the company operating the stricken ship (naming being a practice that these days in increasingly becoming a rarity).

 

So no one would not need to look at the blurred out section of the photo in order to know who the boat operator was...

 

 

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6 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Well, the OP article actually names the company operating the stricken ship (naming being a practice that these days in increasingly becoming a rarity).

 

So no one would not need to look at the blurred out section of the photo in order to know who the boat operator was...

 

 

The blurred out logo is not from the ferry company....its a singha beer lion....

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This was the back end this morning, vehicles on board, this evening the back ramp was closed.... I and every one on our boat had wondered  what had happened....

 

Hope there will be a higher tide overnight to get it floating again!

 

 

 

This morning around 9 am.

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Late this afternoon..

 

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Marine police present

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I just removed an idiotic comment.... trolling is not welcome here....

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8 hours ago, Upnotover said:

from what?

From that old crappy boat, they could at least paint it nice so it looks up to standard.

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Surely the captain knew  about the sandbar, was the captain/helmsman tested for alcohol/drugs?

Ok  sandbars move with the tides, but as this is a regular service they should have been aware of this.

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41 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Surely the captain knew  about the sandbar, was the captain/helmsman tested for alcohol/drugs?

Ok  sandbars move with the tides, but as this is a regular service they should have been aware of this.

 

But I made it across the sandbar loads of times in the past ...

 

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If you ask me the location of where the ferry is, seems to be a little off... too far east ... I gather it was heading to Lipa Noi on Samui....

 

A friend was supposed to have been on the 4 pm return trip... he got his  fare refunded after a bit of a hassle!

 

 

 

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From the look of that boat, they may be glad to hit a sand bar. 

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