18 Dead As ‘Tourist’ Boat Capsizes In Thailand

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18 Dead As ‘Pilgrim’ Boat Capsizes In Thailand

At least 18 people including one child have died on Sunday after a tourist boat carrying 150 persons collided with a bridge in central Thailand and capsized.

At least 18 people died when the boat capsized. Credit:
At least 18 people died when the boat capsized. Credit: Reuters

The tragedy, it was learnt, occurred on the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya city, about 50 miles north of capital city Bangkok.

CNN reported that there were at least six children who have died, with three male fatalities, and the rest being women.

40 people were believed to have been wounded with 11 others missing in the Chao Praya River, in the province of Ayutthaya.

It was learnt that those killed were Thai Muslims returning from a religious ceremony to honor a famous local cleric.

Footage from the scene shows rescue workers helping passengers from the double-decker boat.

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The boat was 50 passengers over its capacity at the time of the accident, police commander Surapong Thampitak said.

According to him, under their current license, the boat drivers were only allowed to carry no more than 50 passengers.

Following the incident, the boat’s driver will be charged with reckless driving, causing loss of life and overloading a boat beyond its safety limit.

If found guilty, the driver will likely face a 10-year maximum prison sentence.



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