Overcapacity seems to be what news sources are attributing for the death of at least six people, including three foreigners, when a Ferry packed with Thai and foreign tourists sank in Eastern Thailand. Two Russians, three Thais and one Chinese person are among the dead, Reuters reported.
Despite having a maximum capacity of 150, the shuttle ferry was carrying approximately 200 passengers at the time it sank. While police are still investigating, most media reports point to the fact that it was overcrowded.
"Witnesses said there were neither enough tubes nor life vests on the ferry. Some of those who cannot swim had to cling onto coolers or ice containers until rescuers came," police Col Suwan Cheawnavinthavat told the Associated Press.
An engine problem caused passengers to panic and rush to the second floor of the double-decker, which was probably the reason why it tipped over.
Passengers were en route from Lan island to the resort town of Pattaya, 60 miles southeast of Bangkok.