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Preliminary investigation shows Krabi ferry fire not caused by careless service

PHUKET: A Deputy Permanent Secretary for Transport says investigations continue to find the cause of the fire of the 'Ao Nang Princess 5' ferry which caught fire and sank on 8 April 2015 on its route from Krabi to Phuket.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Thursday 23 April 2015, 09:41AM

A 12-year-old Israeli girl died in the incident.

A 12-year-old Israeli girl died in the incident.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Voradej Harnprasert said preliminary investigations showed there was a fire inside the engine room at the boat’s stern while all rescue appliances were enough for all passengers and in a ready-to-use condition including life jackets and extinguishers.

Only 115 passengers were on board during the fire, less than the boat’s limit of 215 passengers. 
The Marine Department has ordered the boat operator, Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co, to salvage the boat off Krabi's sea bed within 30 days for further investigation.

Read original story on the fire here.



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Moss | 09 May 2015 - 15:50:33

We also were onboard the ferry and find it hard to understand how they have come to the conclusion that the fire was not caused by carelessness, as the boat completely burnt and eventually sunk, where it still remains!!!! Regarding fire extinguishers, if there were any they were not used as the crew jumped ship leaving some of the passengers to fend for themselves.  Who knows if the crew had been ...

h sunasky | 03 May 2015 - 17:39:41

Like i marshall we were on this ferry, interesting comments re condition of life jackets & fire extinguishers! I guess the children's life jackets were in good condition too even though there weren't any!!! Three weeks and still no news or contact from Ao Nang Travel & Ferries re our compensations, despite numerous phone calls & requests for a return call - why? It seems the pa...

i marshall | 24 April 2015 - 01:19:08

I have to say that's very impressive to hear that priminary investigations indicate that all fire extinguishers and life jackets were in good condition. How do they know, was there any passages who were on the ferry present at the meeting.
I was on this ferry along with my wife, were a young girl tragically lost her life.
I fear this will get swept under the carpet, be all forgot about and ...

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