Death toll rises to 15 in Thailand boat accident

The death toll from a boat accident in central Thailand has risen to 15 after one victim died in hospital, officials said.

Rescue teams continued to search Monday for 11 people still missing, but were being hindered by strong currents, police said.

The latest victim died in a local hospital on Sunday night.

Some 40 people were injured in the accident on Sunday afternoon when a crowded passenger boat carrying more than 100 people collided with a concrete pillar in the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya province, 67 kilometres north of Bangkok.

The passengers were reportedly Muslim pilgrims travelling home to the province of Nonthaburi after observing an annual Islamic ceremony in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.

Police have apprehended the captain of the capsized boat and charged him with reckless driving resulting in death.

Local authorities said the boat only had a capacity of 50 passengers.

Last update: Mon, 19/09/2016 - 09:28
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