Samui ferry fire, Thailand

Ferry RAJA 3 suffered fire with a lot of smoke in the evening Oct 3 during her scheduled sailing from Koh Samui island to Koh Phanang island, Thailand world famous resorts until “new normal” era, with some 30 passengers, 14 cars and a number of motorbikes on board. Soon after decks were filled with smoke causing some panic, ferry docked at Koh Phanang, all passengers were evacuated, all are safe. Fire meanwhile, was quickly extinguished with the Koh Phanang Municipal fire engine assistance. A vent somewhere in cargo deck area suffered a shortcut and caught small fire but with a lot of smoke.
Passenger ro-ro ship RAJA 3, IMO 6920472, GT 986, built 1969, flag Thailand, operator Raja Ferry LTD.



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