114 passengers on ferry temporarily become stuck on a sand bar near Phangan Island

PHOTO: Naewna

Phangan, Surat Thani –

A ferry with 114 Thai and foreign passengers and 35 cars became temporarily stuck on a sand bar near Phangan Island in Surat Thani yesterday afternoon (July 13th).

The Koh Phangan District Chief Mr. Wijarn Juntawitjit stated to the press, “The ferry left a pier on Koh Phangan yesterday morning (July 13th) with 114 Thai and foreign passengers and 35 cars and trucks. The ferry was heading to the Don Sak District in Surat Thani.”

“Ten minutes after the ferry departed it reportedly became stuck at a sand bar. Officials from the Marine Department Koh Phangan Office were called to the scene. At 10:00 A.M. the ferry’s captain had managed to move out from the sand bar before continuing traveling and arrived at their final destination.” Wijarn explained.

“On July 11th, another ferry was reportedly stuck near the same pier. Passengers were stuck on this ferry for five hours. Both incidents saw many passengers disappointed with their services, with some asking for refunds or compensation for their lost time.” Wijarn concluded.

It was not immediately clear if any of the upset passengers would be compensated, or even if there was a formal apology coming from the ferry company.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.