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Thread: Ferry to Koh Larn capsized, at least 6 dead

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    Made it to the BBC ... sad to see ...

    BBC News - Several killed as Thai ferry sinks off Pattaya
    Its My Life .....!

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    Shortly after the boat departed, an engine problem caused passengers on the first deck to rush to the second deck, causing the ferry to flip on its side and eventually sink.

    Lower deck fills with smoke, everyone moves upstairs, the centre of gravity shifts upward, the tipping point is breached and the "barrel" rolls over ... no need for rough seas, strong winds or big waves ... but any one of those would make a capsize so much easier....

    Scary part ... how easy it can happen.

    Enjoy..

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    Terrible event and news

    funny how the bus crashes almost everyday don't make international headlines

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    Pattaya ferry captain confesses to drug use | Bangkok Post: news

    The captain of a ferry that capsized about 1,500 metres offshore from Pattaya on Sunday evening has turned himself in, telling police he was high on drugs while on his duty.

    Saman Kwanmuang, 42, turned himself into police on Sunday night, hours after his ferry capsized while returning about 200 Thai and foreign tourists from a day trip to Koh Larn.
    Pol Maj Gen Katcha Tatusatra, Chon Buri police chief, said the captain confessed to officers that he took some drugs before going to work, and that he and the crew lost control of the vessel as a result. He allegedly confessed the ferry wandered off course, and hit the rocks, breaching the vessel, punching holes and letting water pour in.

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    Does anyone believe this rubbish? Why the fick would he confess to that days later?

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    Reduced sentencing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    Reduced sentencing..
    good point diddn't think of that. I suspect he diddnt even take drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    Does anyone believe this rubbish? Why the fick would he confess to that days later?
    Makes it look like 'human error' rather than the unsafe boats.

    First reports said the pumps failed and she took on too much water causing the capsize. Then smoke caused passengers to move to the top of the boat causing the roll over. Now rocks breaching the hull.

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    A stoned captain makes it an unsafe ship.
    BTW, did the trip to Samui a few months ago. Those derelictwrecks shouldn't be sailing. An International trip would not be allowed under SOLAS regulations.
    In my former port I would have put a ship like that at the chain.

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    Who hasn't thought it was their last boat ride when getting on those Thai ferries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
    Who hasn't thought it was their last boat ride when getting on those Thai ferries?
    I spent a fair bit of time in the boat yards here and got to see some of the ferries out of the water. I think the correct nautical term for the condition of some of the wooden hulls is 'Cake" as it crumbles when touched.

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