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Samui ferry inundated with water harks back to Townsend Thoresen disaster

 

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KOH SAMUI: -- Video of seawater gushing in to the car deck of a Koh Samui bound ferry has scared passengers and the public alike.

 

Footage of a nighttime trip from Don Sak to the island showed water pouring in through the open and close ramp area.

 

Some 193 people died in 1987 when The Herald of Free Enterprise listed and capsized off Belgium when water entered through the open bow doors in one of the worst maritime disasters in European history.

 

On that tragic occasion the car deck was flooded in what became known as the Townsend Thoresen disaster.

 

On the Thai video posted on Facebook by "Priaw Priaw" and shown on Channel 3 TV a worried passenger can be heard asking a ferry employee: "Is the boat listing? How is all that water getting in?"

 

The poster commented on Facebook: "I was scared stiff when the boat started tilting. I think this was the first vessel ever used by the company. It is too old. They should not be playing with people's lives with boats like this.

 

"Please share the footage and get the authorities to act".

 

The video caused much consternation online with people saying they would be rushing to get a life jacket. Some joked if they couldn't find one they would make do with grabbing a large drum.

 

One said: "How can this happen? I wouldn't go on that ferry."

 

Channel 3 reported that staff were able to stop the entry of any more water and the ferry reached the island safely.

 

Source: CH3

 
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Share the footage and get the authorities to act.

They will only after a disaster.

Herald of free enterprise capsized because lazy buggers did not shut the bow doors quick enough.

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Which company was it ?

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Looks like something was wedged into the bow doors which let water in when the bow cut into the next wave? Maybe one of those rope mates they use to make drinking over the hinge easier. Pretty scary, I would definitely be looking for a live vest.

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Especially the rust buckets of Raja Ferry are a disaster waiting to happen.

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13 minutes ago, islandguy said:

Looks like something was wedged into the bow doors which let water in when the bow cut into the next wave? Maybe one of those rope mates they use to make drinking over the hinge easier. Pretty scary, I would definitely be looking for a live vest.

Meant rope mats

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The Raja ferries are an accident waiting to happen.....

 

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Having served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and spent 3 years in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Atlantic especially in the winter months, I'm here to say in heavy seas that is normal for a ferry.

 

 The deck has to be lower and open to accommodate loading vehicles.

 

However, the  Captain should monitor the weather prior to leaving port.   If the seas are heavy,  along with a negative weather report, they should not even leave port.   If the automobiles and trucks did not shift their parking position then there was no problem. 

 

 The very negative news could affect future business for the ferry. 

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Several months ago I met my Wife who was due to disembark from the the Raj Ferry.  I was horrified to see that it was listing a good 15 degrees, which could be clearly seen by looking at the comparison of the horizontal gantry on the dock to the Bridge on the Ferry.  As others have said, an accident waiting to happen and I have said that neither she, or I will ever travel that route.  Rather than complaining to the authorities, I would suggest that people stop traveling on it and once they start loosing money (the few important factors to Thai Owners) they will do something about it.

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 First a few litters are far for "inundated with water"

then harks back to "Townsend Thoresen" is not only ridiculous but such a comparison a shame for those few liters.

The company must make an investigation so that it does not happen again, yessss. 

On the other hand the thrillers fans should close their mouths.

 

 

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Trust us, we're Thai.. :cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

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It's practically normal, no wolly no wolly!

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7 minutes ago, JHolmesJr said:

12 posts in and no one with a thaitanic joke.

 

disappointed.

I'm rubbish at jokes.

 

 

 

Brigante7.

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