Six dead as Thai ferry sinks
Rescued passengers are brought ashore after an overcrowded tourist ferry sinks near Pattaya in Thailand, killing at least six people.PT0M42S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2ww4w 620 349 November 4, 2013
Bangkok: A packed tourist ferry has sunk off the Thai resort of Pattaya, killing six passengers, including three foreigners.
Fifteen people were also seriously injured, according to police in Pattaya, a popular beach resort south of Bangkok renowned for its racy nightlife.
Reports said a Russian child was among those seriously hurt.
At least six passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya, police said. Photo: AP
"So far there are six dead from the boat," Pattaya police chief Colonel Suwarn Chiewnawintawat said, adding three Thais, a Chinese national and two other - as yet unidentified - foreigners were among the dead.
Television footage shows stunned tourists being led to safety on shore where they were met by dozens of ambulances along Pattaya's neon-lit beachfront.
Playing down earlier reports that people remained trapped in the stricken vessel, Colonel Suwarn said all of the other 150 passengers had been plucked from the sea.
The double-decker ferry sank on Sunday afternoon near Koh Larn, a small island close to Pattaya which is popular with daytrippers.
Police said they are investigating the cause of the accident. Local media reports said an engine problem on the overcrowded ferry caused passengers to run to one side of the boat, which made it list.
A second policeman said that frantic relatives of the passengers alerted local emergency services to the disaster at about 5pm local time, sparking the rescue effort.
Russian news reports say three Russians, including a child, were taken to hospital in a serious condition.