Cap­tain of pil­grim boat had ‘ex­pired li­cence’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

The cap­tain of a boat that sank on a swollen river in cen­tral Thai­land did not have a valid li­cence, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day, as the death toll rose to 26. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on the Chao Phraya River on Septem­ber 18 near the an­cient city of Ayut­thaya, when a boat packed with Mus­lim pil­grims re­turn­ing from a mosque hit a con­crete bank in strong cur­rents. The boat, which was car­ry­ing double its 50-pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity, sunk in sec­onds.

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