Bangkok — Six people died when a tourist ferry sank Sunday in the waters near the beach resort of Pattaya, Thailand, according to reports.
The Bangkok Post reported that the fatalities were two Russians, one Chinese, and three Thais.
The rest of the estimated 200 people on board were rescued, said police.
The ferries carry tourists to nearby Koh Lan island, which is a popular 30-minute day trip from Pattaya. The ferry capsized while returning to Pattaya from the island, according to police.
Reports said an engine problem sent passengers on the first deck to the second floor, causing the ferry to flip on its side and eventually sink.
“Witnesses said there were neither enough tubes nor life vests on the ferry. Some of those who cannot swim had to cling onto coolers or ice containers until rescuers came,” said Pol Col Suwan Cheawnavinthavat.
He also said the ferry had a capacity of 130 to 150 passengers, so was over its capacity. Police are still investigating the accident.