Pattaya, Thailand — (UPDATE) The driver of the ferry that sunk yesterday offshore from Pattaya has turned himself in, telling police he was high on drugs while on duty, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The ferry capsized and sunk with some 200 passengers on board. Six people died, three foreigners and three Thais.
The Bangkok Post report identified the known victims as Chuchart Chompoonak, 53, Aree Attayoko, 67, Nanthawadee Sopithapong, 44, and To Kin Man, 48.
Authorities were still trying to identify the other two fatalities. Another 18 were treated for injuries at several hospitals.
Earlier reports said three Russians died, but the Russia embassy in Bangkok said only one Russian woman was confirmed dead.
A team of scuba divers were sent out Monday, but found no other bodies.
The ferry driver was Saman Kwanmuang, 42, who turned himself in to police Sunday night.
Police said the captain confessed that he and the crew lost control of the vessel after taking drugs before going to work. The ferry wandered off course and hit some rocks which punched holes in the vessel and let water pour in, said the Bangkok Post report.
Fearing the passengers would panic, he issued no warning to them, but after 10 minutes so much water had come in that they began to panic, according to a report in the Daily News.
When passengers on the lower deck moved to the upper deck, the ferry capsized and quickly sank.
Arguments also broke out among the passengers because there were not enough life jackets to go around, the captain said.
Authorities have already revoked the ferry driver’s license.