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Monday, 19 September 2016

At least 18 dead after boat capsizes in Thailand

At least 18 people have died after a tourist boat carrying 150 collided with a bridge in central Thailand and capsized.

The tragedy occurred on the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya city, about 50 miles north of capital city Bangkok.


ITV News understands that there are at least six children who have died, and three male fatalities, with the rest being women.

At least 44 were injured and 12 remain missing.



The boat was 50 passengers over its capacity at the time of the accident, police commander Surapong Thampitak said.

He added that the boat's driver will be charged with reckless driving causing loss of life and overloading a boat beyond its safety limit.


The British Foreign Office have warned sinkings and collisions have occurred in recent years because of overloading or poor maintenance.

Tourism is highly important for Thailand's economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists visited in 2015.

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