Friday, August 18, 2017

Passenger ferry, cargo vessel crash injures five

A cargo vessel sunk on the evening of December 19 following a collision with a passenger ferry on Yangon’s Toe River, leading to costly damages and five people sustaining injuries.

The 48-year-old owner of the cargo vessel and four passengers were taken to Kyaikhtaw Hospital for treatment. No ferry passengers were injured.

The captain of the wooden Chan Myae Aung cargo boat is believed to have been trying to avoid a whirlpool when he crashed into the Pathein Thu ferry, which was carrying over 300 passengers at the time. The accident occurred in Yangon’s Kawhmu township, with total damages arising from the accident estimated to be around K50 million (US$36,150). The cargo vessel was transporting more than 1000 sacks of rice at the time of the accident.

Police have pressed negligence charges against both the captain of the cargo vessel and the passenger ferry’s captain under sections 280 and 338 of Myanmar’s penal code.

Translation by Emoon