The wooden passenger vessel Ngwe Kyal Pwint sank after collision with cargo ship, loaded with stone, near Pathein Taman Creek in southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy region. Following the accident, a total 40 out of the 60 passengers aboard the recreation vessel Ngwe Kyal Pwint have been rescued, but another 20 were reported dead, including three children. All the people from the passenger vessel were accounted. The accident was initially reported to have been caused by failure of a lighthouse. The local authorities detained the cargo ship, but further investigation will assess the responsibilities for the collision.
“As many as 20 bodies were recovered from the waters”, said the official from Ayeyawaddy region, Kyaw Myint. “The authorities at the port are investigating the cause of the accident”, added the state official.
All the people on board of the wooden passenger vessel Ngwe Kyal Pwint were on wedding ceremony and among the victims there were a lot of women and children.
“This is a great tragedy because there are many women and children in the passenger boat”, added Khin Zaw Lin, a member of parliament from the National League for Democracy (NLD).
Water transport accidents are common in Myanmar, as in last October 73 people died in a ferry accident, and 64 people died in an accident in March 2015.