Ferry passengers in Thailand soar into the ocean to flee a hearth | EUROtoday

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Los frightened ferry passengers They jumped into the water this morning to attempt to escape a hearth on a ship within the Gulf of Thailand. All 108 individuals on board are secure.

The night time ferry that left the province of Surat Thani was about to reach at Koh Tao, a preferred vacationer vacation spot on the Thai coast, when one of many passengers heard a sudden crackling noise and smelled smoke. Maitree Promjampa mentioned he noticed plumes of smoke and fireplace lower than 5 minutes later, and that was when individuals began screaming and the alarm was raised.

“We could barely grab the life jackets,” he instructed The Associated Press. “It was chaotic. People were crying… I shed tears too,” he added.

Of the 108 individuals on board, 97 have been passengers, Surat Thani authorities defined on Facebook. According to the province's public relations division, everybody was rescued and there have been no victims. Videos confirmed individuals speeding out of the ferry's cabin, placing on life jackets, as thick black smoke unfold throughout the vessel, which was later engulfed in flames.

Maitree, a Surat Thani resident who usually travels to Koh Tao for work, mentioned a number of ships got here to his rescue about 20 minutes after calling for assist, however they might not get nearer for concern of the explosions. According to what they mentioned, they needed to soar into the ocean to be rescued.

In the movies you possibly can see that The ferry had a number of automobiles on board. Authorities mentioned the hearth was below management. The fireplace began within the engine, however the trigger is being investigated.