A tour boat at an Ayutthaya river pier caught fire in the early hours of May 28, 2023, resulting in no casualties, according to local authorities.
The incident occurred around 1 am at a boat pier near Wat Phanan Choeng in tambon Khlong Suan Phlu, Muang district. The boat, made from teak wood and modified from a cargo barge, was moored at the pier when the fire broke out. The flames quickly engulfed the vessel, and by the time emergency services arrived, the rope tethering the boat to the pier had burned through.
Emergency Response and Aftermath
Fire trucks and a rescue unit were dispatched to the scene. The burning boat, now adrift in the middle of the Chao Phraya river, was towed to the riverbank where the fire could be extinguished. No injuries were reported, as the boat was not in use during the time of the incident.
Investigation and Damage Assessment
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the blaze. Damage to the boat and surrounding property is still being assessed. As of now, no further details are available.
Safety on the Water
Although this incident resulted in no injuries, it serves as a reminder of the importance of safety measures and regular maintenance for boats and other watercraft. Boat owners and operators should always prioritize safety and adhere to local regulations to minimize the risk of accidents or fires.
Ayutthaya: A Historic Destination
The ancient city of Ayutthaya is a popular tourist destination in Thailand, boasting historical ruins and temples that attract visitors from around the world. The incident highlights the importance of maintaining safety standards and ensuring the well-being of tourists and locals alike as they explore the city’s unique offerings.
Exploring Thailand’s Waterways
Boat tours are a popular way to experience Thailand’s rivers and canals, offering a unique perspective on the country’s rich history and culture. Travelers planning to embark on such tours should be aware of safety guidelines and look for operators with a track record of prioritizing safety and adhering to regulations.