Unsecured pickup falls off of ferry bound for Phuket

PHOTO: Ferry crew try to salvage the unsecured pickup truck which fell into the sea - Chiang Rai Times

In another case of a truck ending up in the ocean, a pickup truck is getting an unscheduled washing after it rolled off a ferry leaving Phang Nga Island bound for Phuket on Wednesday afternoon. The truck, which was unsecured, quickly sank and remains on the seabed.

The owner of the inter-island ferry has agreed to compensate the owner of the truck.

Wiwat Chidcherdwong, the Phuket Marine Office chief, says the pickup truck owner did not apply the hand brake after parking it on the ferry at Koh Yao, and added that the boat crew forgot to secure it with deck blocks.

“Crew members tried unsuccessfully to salvage the floating truck after it fell into the sea, but it sank.”

Unsecured pickup falls off of ferry bound for Phuket | News by Thaiger

A spokesman for the Marine Police reports that rough seas may have tipped the vehicle from the deck. The pickup is still on the sea floor with a buoy attached, warning boats to keep clear.

SOURCE: The Chiang Rai Times

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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