Fire burns down Pattaya-Koh Larn ferry boat


Fire engulfs ferry boat at Bali Hai Pier.

A ferry boat which operates between Pattaya and Koh Larn caught fire on the afternoon of the 22nd of December whilst been moored at Bali Hai pier.

The police and emergency services were quick to attend the incident with the two decked boat,50 meters from the shore.

Tourist were panicking and the air was filled with thick smoke, the hoses on the three fire trucks were unable to reach the boat due to its location, so they pulled the it nearer to the shore and within 30 minutes the fire had been extinguished.

The boat named Petada 10 valued at 8 million baht was completely destroyed however luckily no one was hurt during the incident but two other ferries moored nearby were slightly damaged. All three boats belong to Petada Travel Limited and the police questioned the managing partner of the company Ms. Ratree Kaoropkru.

She stated that boat which has 40 seats operated as a daily crossing ferry from Pattaya to Koh Larn, and sometimes to Koh Pai. However the ferry had engine problems earlier this year so it had been out of service for the last three months and she had no idea what had caused the fire.

The ferry Police have now confiscated the boat and along with the police will interview witnesses and liaise with the forensic department to ascertain the cause of the fire.