KRABI – Chief Inspector Lieutenant Panya Deatsupa of the Marine Police in Krabi has reported that a 12-year-old European girl is missing after fire destroyed a large ferry off Krabi with another 106 people on board reported to have escaped safely.
The Phuketwan reported Marine Officials are still searching for the young girl who was in the toilet when the blaze erupted and quickly burned the boat to the waterline. The young girls parents and Thai Authorities are hoping she has been carried to safety but her rescuers are unaware she has been reported missing.
The Ao Nang Princess 5 was about 10 kilometers off the coast of Ao Nang in Krabi province when the blaze broke out.
”We hope she is still alive,” said the Director of Marine Office 5 for the region, Wichai Kamwong. ”The ferry burned with remarkable speed so to have the speedboats and fishing trawlers close by to help was wonderful.”
With the boat now at the bottom of the ocean, plans were also being made to dive to the wreckage.
Chief Inspector Lieutenant Panya Deatsupa of the Marine Police in Krabi said the ferry made regular trip from Phuket to Krabi and back again.
”The fire broke out about 3.30pm as the vessel was returning to Phuket. The boat later sank about 6pm.”
The Governor of Krabi, Songpol Sawattham, went to Ao Nang, a popular hopping off point for Phi Phi, Phuket, Koh Lanta and other islands, as passengers from the sunken vessel milled on the shore.
Officials were trying to arrange for buses to transfer the rescued passengers back to accommodation in Phuket this evening.