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Ferry capsizes off Koh Samui, 7 missing

Ferry capsizes off Koh Samui, 7 missing

THAILAND: Seven people went missing in the sea and nine others were safely rescued after a ferry was hit by a strong storm and capsized after leaving Koh Samui island, heading for the Don Sak boat pier on the mainland last night (Aug 1), local media reported.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 2 August 2020, 10:54AM

Koh Samui has been hit by severe weather in the past few days. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Koh Samui has been hit by severe weather in the past few days. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The ferry, Raja 4, of the Raja Ferry Plc, the operator of ferries plying between Don Sak and Koh Samui, was loaded with garbage, three 10-wheel lorries and a pick-up truck. On board the ferry were 11 crewmen, four drivers of the three lorries and the pick-up and a saleswoman.

The ferry departed from Koh Samui at 8.48pm. At about 10pm, it was hit by a strong storm and high waves and capsized about 2 nautical miles from Koh Samui, between Koh 4 and Koh 5 islands.

Wichawut Jinto, the Surat Thani governor, rushed to the boat landing of the Raja Ferry Plc at tambon Lipa Noy on Koh Samui to direct the rescue operation. He was accompanied at the rescue centre by Suthipong Klai-udom, the deputy governor, Teerapong Chuaychu, the Koh Samui district chief, and medical staff from Koh Samui Hospital.

The Koh Samui marine police dispatched two patrol boats, R6 and R10, for the rescue. They managed to safely plucked from the stormy sea nine people - seven ferry crew including the skipper and the drivers of two 10-wheel lorries.


Seven other people - four ferry crewmen, the drivers of the other 10-wheel lorry and the pick-up, and the saleswoman - were still missing.

Mr Wichawut said the rescue operation was difficult in the rain while the sea waves were 2-3 metres high.

The rescue team continued with the search for the missing into the night.

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DeKaaskopp | 04 August 2020 - 10:41:16

@Kurt/ Capricornball     At the time of my comment it was already confirmed on here and on other news outlets that the skipper died.You guys should read updates sometimes !

Kurt | 04 August 2020 - 09:43:18

Dek, the skipper was among the 9 persons plucked out of the sea by police marine  boats R6 and R10.  Clearly written in this PN article.

Capricornball | 03 August 2020 - 17:22:26

@DeKas...read again..."They managed to safely plucked from the stormy sea nine people - seven ferry crew including the skipper and the drivers of two 10-wheel lorries".  Looks like as per usual, your primary interest is commenting on comments. And I'm with Capt. Kurt on this one, final blame falls on the skipper for having s#!^ judgement.

DeKaaskopp | 03 August 2020 - 16:59:39

Kurt,the skipper is dead. How you want to hold him accountable in court ?

Kurt | 03 August 2020 - 11:52:59

Rich 44, International maritime law wise it is up to a Captain to sail Yes/No. He is 100% responsible for his passengers, crew and cargo.
This captain has now quite a load to carry. Well, in normal countries, of course.

BigA | 03 August 2020 - 10:06:32

Holding on to a buoy,no lifejacket on bord ,captain is dead  who is the next to blame ? local harbour department ! So transfer
 them to rock nock to control  the turtle nest,problem solved 

Kurt | 03 August 2020 - 09:09:51

Ignored the TMD weather warnings for 1-2-3-4 Aug. Just try a ships disaster, is easy to do with that kind of 'seamanship'. A ship is as seaworthy as her crew is. Get it? This captain will loose his license, trialed in a normal Maritime Court. After that a trial in normal Criminal Court and go a while to sit in prison to think about himself. and this ships disaster what was not needed to ha...

Rich 44 | 02 August 2020 - 21:56:59

Forbid departures of these boats when there is an impending storm.


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