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7 still missing after Koh Samui ferry capsizes

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7 people are missing while 9 others have been safely rescued after a car ferry capsized shortly after leaving Koh Samui for the mainland last night. The ship was loaded with, three 10 wheel garbage trucks and a pickup truck. Onboard were 11 crewmen, 4 truck drivers and the pickup driver, and a saleswoman. The ferry left Koh Samui at 8:50pm. At about 10pm, it was hit by a storm and high waves, and capsized about 2 nautical miles from the island.

Surat Thani’s provincial governor rushed to the ferry company’s offices to direct the rescue operation. He was accompanied by the deputy governor, the Koh Samui district chief and staff from Koh Samui Hospital.

Koh Samui marine police sent out 2 patrol boats to help with the rescue. They managed to safely pluck 9 people from the stormy sea… 7 ferry crew including the skipper, 2 of the lorry drivers. 7 others… 4 of the ferry, the other truck drivers and the saleswoman – are still missing.

The governor said the rescue operation was difficult in the pouring rain while the waves were 2-3 metres high.

The rescue team continued the search for the missing into the night. The search resumed this morning.

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SOURCES: Bangkok Post | The Pattaya News

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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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    Toby Andrews

    August 2, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Another Thai boat goes down!
    If they cannot run ferries without them sinking they should ban them.
    I feel nervous riding on a baht bus driven by a Thai.

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