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Six killed as Pattaya ferry capsizes (updated)

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Six people were killed, three foreigners and three Thais, after a tourist ferry capsized about 100 metres off the Bali Hai cape in Pattaya last evening. 

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Boats search for survivors of yesterday's ferry accident off the Bali Hai cape in Pattaya. Post Today photo

Evening update:

Here are some important details to add to this morning's story

Ferry captain high on drugs

The captain of a ferry that capsized about 1,500 metres offshore from Pattaya on Sunday evening has turned himself in, telling police he was high on drugs while on his duty.

Saman Kwanmuang, 42, turned himself into police on Sunday night, hours after his ferry capsized while returning about 200 Thai and foreign tourists from a day trip to Koh Larn.

Pol Maj Gen Katcha Tatusatra, Chon Buri police chief, said the captain confessed to officers that he took some drugs before going to work, and that he and the crew lost control of the vessel as a result. He allegedly confessed the ferry wandered off course, and hit the rocks, breaching the vessel, punching holes and letting water pour in.

According to a report in Daily News, Mr Saman realised the problem, so he turned off all power so he could try to fix the water pump. He issued no warning to his passengers, supposedly so they would not panic.

However, after 10 minutes, so much water had flowed into the bottom deck of the two-deck boat that passengers had indeed begun to panic. Squabbles broke out, apparently because there were not enough life jackets to go around, the captain allegedly told police.

Morning story

Six killed as Pattaya ferry capsizes

Six people were killed, three foreigners and three Thais, after a tourist ferry capsized about 100 metres off the Bali Hai cape in Pattaya last evening.

More than 100 passengers were injured, about 10 seriously, including a nine-year-old Thai boy.

The incident occurred about 5.30pm when the double-decker ferry was en route from Koh Lan to the Bali Hai cape, Pattaya police superintendent Suwan Chiewnawinthawat said.

Shortly after leaving from Koh Lan with a full load of passengers, the ferry' s water pumps broke down and the engine stopped functioning, Pol Col Suwan said.

The passengers on board, acting out of fear, moved to the second deck of the ferry, which tipped the vessel on to one side.

The vessel then swiftly sank into the sea, he said.

There were about 200 passengers on board, the officer said.

The dead victims are two Russians, one Chinese and three Thais.

The injured passengers were rescued and sent to nearby hospitals with most of them suffering minor injuries. Police are looking for the ferry' s captain.

Since the exact number of passengers on board the ferry was not known, authorities and rescuers were still at the scene late last night searching for passengers who might still be missing, Pol Col Suwan said.

The boat accident occurred less than three months after an Aug 28 incident when two Chinese tourists were killed as a speedboat they were travelling in crashed into an anchored long-tailed boat in the Bali Hai cape.

The speedboat had been taking about 20 Chinese tourists from Koh Lan to Pattaya on the mainland.

The accident prompted authorities to step up safety measures on boat transportation between the island and Pattaya.

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Vocabulary:

allegedly: stated without giving complete proof - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

anchor: to prevent a boat from moving by dropping a large very heavy object (an anchor) connected to the ship into the water - ทอดสมอ

apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

breach its banks (of a river): to flood; to have water go over the sides - ล้นตลิ่ง

cape: a small thin piece of land extending into the water from the land; headland, point - แหลม, ส่วนของผืนดินที่ยื่นเข้าไปในน้ำ

capsize: (of a boat or other object) to turn over in the water - คว่ำ, พลิกคว่ำ

confess: to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด

crew members: the people who work on a ship, aircraft, television programme, etc. - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน, ลูกเรือ

double-decker: a boat, bus, etc. that has two levels, i.e., two decks - เรือ, รถบัส, ฯลฯ ที่มีสองชั้น

en route: on the way; bound for; while travelling from/to a particular place - มุ่งหน้าไป, ระหว่างทางไปถึงจุดหมายปลายทาง

ferry: a boat for taking passengers across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือรับส่งข้ามฟาก

function: to operate; to work in the correct way - ปฏิบัติงาน

incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

issue: to announce something officially - ออกประกาศ

life jacket: a jacket without sleeves, that can be filled with air, designed to help you float if you fall in water - เสื้อชูชีพ

mainland: a large mass of land that forms the main part of a country but does not include any islands belonging to the country - แผ่นดินใหญ่

measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ

minor: not important; small; having little influence or effect - เล็กน้อย

missing: not present after an accident, natural disaster, battle, etc. but not known to have been killed - ไม่พบ,หายไป, สูญหาย

occur: to happen - เกิดขึ้น

off course: to travel off/away from the intended route - ออกนอกเส้นทาง

on board: on a ship, aircraft or vehicle - บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)

panic: to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ตื่นตกใจ

pour in: to flow in or enter in large amounts - ไหลเข้า

prompt: to cause something to happen or be done - ก่อให้เกิด

realise: to know about - ตระหนัก  รู้

rescue: to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ช่วยชีวิต

scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

search: to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา

sink: to (cause something or someone to) go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance (past: sank) - จม

squabble: to argue noisily about something that is not very important - ทะเลาะกัน, โต้เถียง

step up: to increase; to cause to happen at a faster rate - เร่ง

superintendent: a senior police officer - เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจระดับสูง

supposedly: believed to be; thought to be - เป็นที่เชื่อว่า

survivor: someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them - ผู้รอดชีวิต

swiftly: quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว

tip: to move so that one end or side is higher than the other; to move something into this position - ทำให้เอียง

turned himself in: surrendered - ยอมจำนน

vessel: a boat or ship - เรือ

victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

wander: roam; to travel from place to place without a particular direction or purpose - เดินทางไปโดยไม่มีจุดหมายที่แน่นอน, ร่อนเร่

warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - คำเตือน, การเตือน

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