Six Dead as Tourist Ferry Sinks in Thailand

Victims include three Thais, two Russians and a Chinese passenger

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Thai rescuers carry an injured tourist on to the pier after being rescued from the sea after a boat accident in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

At least six people died in Thailand on Sunday when an overcrowded double-decker tourist ferry sank near the beach resort of Pattaya, just 100 km (60 miles) south of the capital, Bangkok.

The victims included three Thais, two Russians and a Chinese passenger. A Russian child was among 15 people seriously injured.

The boat reportedly experienced engine trouble at around 5 p.m. local time. Witnesses report that insufficient life jackets were on board, with some passengers unable to swim. Police are waiting to interview the captain.

More than 20 million tourists are slated to visit Thailand this year, but poorly enforced safety regulations mean that ferry accidents are relatively common.