Overcrowded Ferry Sinks Near Pattaya Coast In Thailand

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At least 6 dead as tourist ferry sinks off Thai resort Pattaya—police

Russian news reports said three Russians, including a child, had been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

“At least half of the passengers were Russian tourists,” Russian consul in Bangkok Andrey Dvornykov was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency.

Renowned for its racy nightlife and cheap accommodation, Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most popular resort areas and has become wildly popular as a package holiday destination for Russians.

Thailand drew 22 million tourists last year, but is struggling to shake off a reputation for lax safety standards after a series of fatal incidents.

In recent years the kingdom’s tourist-friendly image as “the Land of Smiles” has also been tarnished by political violence and devastating floods.

Overcrowded Ferry Sinks Near Pattaya Coast In Thailand

Published on Nov 3, 2013

At least six people died as an overcrowded ferry sank off Pattaya in eastern Thailand, police say.

The dead included “three Thais and three foreigners”, they say. Reuters reported that a nine-year-old Russian boy was critically ill in hospital.

There were reportedly 200 passengers on board the ferry that left Lan island for the 30-minute trip to Pattaya.

The rescue effort is continuing as it is thought more passengers could still be trapped inside the vessel.

The ferry sank on Sunday afternoon after running into engine trouble at around 17:00 local time (11:00 GMT), police said.

There are dozens of ambulances at the scene in Pattaya, which is about 100km (60 miles) south-east of Bangkok.

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See: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/least-six-dead-tourist-ferry-sinks-off-thai-135605342.html

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