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Phuket ferry suspended after pickup truck rolls off the deck, into the sea

Phuket ferry suspended after pickup truck rolls off the deck, into the sea

PHUKET: A small ferry operating between Phuket and Koh Yao Yao, off Phuket’s east coast, has been suspended from operating after a pickup truck that was not tied down rolled off the boat and into the sea off Koh Siray yesterday afternoon (Jan 22).

By Khunanya Wanchawet

Thursday 23 January 2020, 06:20PM

The pickup rolled into the sea while the ferry was returning to Phuket. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The pickup rolled into the sea while the ferry was returning to Phuket. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The ferry, called “Koh Yao”, departed for Koh Yao Yai at 2pm, Phuket Marine Office Director Wiwat Chitchertwong told The Phuket News.

The accident occurred at about 3pm while the ferry was returning to Phuket, he added.

“There was nothing to prevent the vehicle from falling into the water. The owner of the truck did not apply the handbrake, and there were no tethers to prevent the truck from moving,” Mr Wiwat said.

“The owner was not in the truck when it fell, so he was safe,” he added.

The boat has been impounded and taken to Jian Wanit Pier in Rassada to be inspected by officials, Mr Wiwat said.

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“The ferry boat owner will buy a new vehicle for the truck owner and be responsible for recovering the sunken pickup from the water,” Mr Wiwat assured.

“I have already ordered the ferry boat operator to place a buoy at the location where the truck sank,” he said.

“I ask all local local fisherman and tour operators to avoid the area until the truck is removed for safety,” Mr Wiwat added.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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Kurt | 24 January 2020 - 10:26:06

Boss Wiwat Phuket Marine Office talks to much about financial settling this matter. Is not his business. Ferry did not lashed the truck. Owner did not use handbrake. Be fair,... 50/50 for a new truck.  hahaha . After all it is a matter for insurances of ferry and truck owner.

Kurt | 24 January 2020 - 10:21:04

Sloppy ferry crew and car owner in not tying down a truck. Wish I was on board to see it happening. Worth a video shot, for enjoying all over the world. I love this stuff. hahaha.  Oh, is it not the job of Phuket Marine Office to place a buoy?

MartinK | 24 January 2020 - 06:26:15

Great way to get a new truck. Let me know when this ferry is running again. LOL. Between the robbed lottery lady, the rental car lady who stole the car she rented that she had rented to someone else so that she could rent it again and this article good stuff. Tell me again that Thailand is just like every where else in the world.  HAHAHA

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