18 passengers rescued after ferry explosion off South Thailand

   July 21, 2022 ,   Accidents

18 people were rescued after a ferryboat exploded on its way out of Chumpon to Koh Tao Island today, July 21, at ~2:30 pm local time.

All 18 travelers suffered injuries.

The Lom Phraya ferry caught fire ~4-5 kilometres off the coast of Haad Sai Ree sub-district, Mueng district, Chumpon province in South Thailand.

The rescue team reported that 20 people had been onboard, 18 were passengers and 2 were ferry staff.

All 18 travelers had jumped out of the ship and into the sea and were saved by the rescuers.

A 30-year-old man had suffered burns to ~50% of his face and was being treated in Chumpon Hospital. A 20-year-old woman had a wound on her chin. Other passengers had mild injuries, such as burns and bruises.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The officers believe there had been an explosion in the engine room which had caused the ferry to catch fire.

Your personal data will be processed and information from your device (cookies, unique identifiers, and other device data) may be stored by, accessed by and shared with third party vendors, or used specifically by this site or app. Some vendors may process your personal data on the basis of legitimate interest, which you can object to by managing your options below. Look for a link at the bottom of this page or in our privacy policy where you can withdraw consent.