An express ferry crashed into a pier in San Saeb canal on Thursday evening but all passengers were able to escape safely to shore before it sank, the Marine Department's director-general said.
Sorasak Saensombat said the crash was an accident that resulted from the unusually high tide in the San Saeb canal, which made it difficult for the ferry's driver to control his vessel. It was not caused by operator carelessness.
The ferry operated by Family Transport Co, which was en route from Chidlom Pier, hit a metal structure attached to Wat Thep Lila Pier at about 6pm, causing cracks in the boat’s hull and panicking about 80 commuters onboard as water began leaking into the vessel.
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