Crew members try unsuccessfully to salvage the floating pickup truck after it slid off the ferry boat Koh Yao Centre and into the Andaman Sea on Wednesday. The vehicle defied their efforts and sank. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)
PHUKET: The owner of an inter-island ferry has agreed to compensate the owner of a pickup truck that slid off the boat and into the sea.
The unsecured vehicle rolled off the ferry, the Koh Yao Centre, and into the Andaman Sea after the boat left the island in Phangnga for Phuket on Wednesday. It sank and remains on the seabed.
The Phuket Marine Office chief said on Thursday the ferry owner had agreed to pay damages to the pickup's owner.
The chief said the pickup truck owner did not apply the handbrake after parking it on the ferry at Koh Yao. The boat crew also did not secure it to the deck with ropes, he added.
The pickup is still on the seabed, with a buoy attached to it warning all boats to keep clear.
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buoy (noun): an object that floats on top of the water to show ships and boats where it is safe and where it is dangerous -
damages : money that a court awards to a person who sued another person for causing injury to them -
ferry : a boat for taking passengers across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือรับส่งข้ามฟาก
handbrake (n): the emergency or parking brake on a car that stops it moving -
rope (noun): very strong thick string made by twisting thinner strings, wires, etc. together - เชือก
sank : caused something or someone to go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance; past tense of "sink" - จม
seabed (noun): the floor of the sea/ocean - พื้นดินใต้ทะเล
unsecured : not attached to anything -