At least 13 people die in Thailand boat accident

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At least 13 people have died in a boat accident on
Thailand’s Chao Phraya river after it slammed into
a bridge and sank.

The two-floor crowded passenger vessel went
down on Sunday near the ancient city of Ayutthaya,
about 80km north of the capital Bangkok.
“There are 13 confirmed dead and 33 injured so
far,” said Udomsak Khaonoona, disaster prevention
chief for the city.
“The boat tried to avoid another vessel and
crashed into the concrete column of a bridge,” he
told the AFP news agency.

About 100 passengers were believed to be on
board the vessel, with four currently unaccounted
for, Udomsak said.
Video footage posted by Khaosod TV showed
desperate scenes as rescue workers scrambled to
reach the boat, its lower deck submerged under
water.
Rescuers threw ropes to help people swim to land
as others gave CPR to unconscious victims on the
banks of the river.
The Chao Phraya, the main river that flows through
Bangkok, is a key commuting artery, often packed
with boats plying the waterways at breakneck
speed.
Accidents are common on Thailand’s public
transport network as safety regulations are often
weakly enforced.
The country has one of the world’s worst road
traffic death rates, and crashes of speedboats
operating between the popular southern tourist
islands are also common.

Source: News Agencies

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