Pattaya Floating Market donates modified barge to Bangkok flood effort

Friday, 25 November 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 47 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

The Pattaya Floating Market donated a modified barge on wheels to aid rescue workers dealing with massive flooding in Bangkok.

Manager Manas Meepong said their amphibious vehicle was transformed from an old-style Chinese barge purchased for 100,000 baht three years ago. An engine and three wheels were installed, making it, Manas said, the first Thai-produced amphibious vehicle. He valued it at 4 million baht.

The Pattaya Floating Market has donated their Chinese junk cum amphibious vehicle to rescue workers dealing with flooding in Bangkok. The Pattaya Floating Market has donated their Chinese junk cum amphibious vehicle to rescue workers dealing with flooding in Bangkok.

Originally destined as a showpiece for the floating market, the barge-on-wheels was donated to Bangkok authorities to use for flood-relief efforts. At 10 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, the vessel can accommodate 30 passengers on land or water. The wheels retract when water gets too deep and the interior of the boat has a single cabin that can house medical equipment and supplies.

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