Passengers leap off ferry as fireplace breaks out on vessel in Thailand

  • The Ko Jaroen 2 ferry went up in smoke at round 6.30am native time
  • 108 passengers have been on board the ferry on the time of the incident 
  • The blaze reportedly started within the engine room however continues to be being investigated 

Terrified passengers have been seen leaping off a ferry engulfed in flames because the vessel made its strategy to Thailand‘s infamous ‘Death Island’ this morning.

The in a single day The Ko Jaroen 2 ferry from Surat Thani province was about to reach at Koh Tao, a preferred vacationer vacation spot off the Thai coast, earlier than it went up in smoke at round 6.30am native time.

Horror footage captured the moments after the blaze erupted, sending panicked vacationers to the roof of the vessel as they desperately awaited rescue.

Some even made the courageous bounce overboard in a bid to flee the inferno.

At the time of the incident, 108 individuals have been on board the ferry earlier than one ‘heard a crackling sound and smelled smoke’.

The Ko Jaroen 2 ferry caught fire this morning as it headed towards Koh Tao - dubbed 'Death Island'

The Ko Jaroen 2 ferry caught fireplace this morning because it headed in the direction of Koh Tao – dubbed ‘Death Island’

Thick smoke was seen billowing into the air following the blaze

Thick smoke was seen billowing into the air following the blaze 

People scrambled to the top deck to escape the flames. Some reportedly jumped off the ferry before rescue teams arrived

People scrambled to the highest deck to flee the flames. Some reportedly jumped off the ferry earlier than rescue groups arrived

Koh Tao is dubbed 'Death Island' following the brutal murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in 2014

Koh Tao is dubbed ‘Death Island’ following the brutal murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in 2014

Maitree Promjampa mentioned he noticed billowing smoke and fireplace lower than 5 minutes later, and that was when individuals began shouting and rang the alarm.

‘We might barely get the life vests in time,’ he mentioned.

‘It was chaotic. People have been weeping… I additionally teared up.’

In heart-stopping footage, thick clouds of gray smoke might be seen billowing skywards as orange flames took over the bow of the ship.

Terrified passengers might be seen climbing up the rails to achieve the very best level of the ferry as they tried to dodge the heavy smoke and spreading fireplace.

Some have been carrying life-jackets whereas others braved the fireplace in simply their swimming wear whereas they watched out at sea for any indicators of emergency rescue companies.

Maitree, a Surat Thani resident who typically travels to Koh Tao for work, mentioned a number of boats got here to their rescue round 20 minutes after they known as for assist, however the boats couldn’t get too near the ferry out of worry of explosions.

This resulted in individuals deciding to leap off into the water within the race in opposition to time to avoid wasting themselves. 

As police and coast guards arrived on the scene, they might be seen spraying the blackened ship with water because the smoke started to settle – revealing charred metallic and a hollowed out inside.     

Police and coast guards saved all 108 passengers - including travellers and crew

Police and coast guards saved all 108 passengers – together with travellers and crew 

The fire reportedly broke out in the engine but an investigation into the cause is still ongoing

The fireplace reportedly broke out within the engine however an investigation into the trigger continues to be ongoing

All of the passengers were safe but some suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation

All of the passengers have been protected however some suffered minor accidents from smoke inhalation

The emergency companies saved the 97 vacationers and 11 crew members onboard earlier than the fireplace swallowed the ferry’s bow. 

Police Colonel Chokchai Sutthimek, superintendent of the Koh Tao Police Station, mentioned: ‘The vessel concerned was the Ko Jaroen 2, an evening ferry that additionally serves as a cargo boat. It was certain for Koh Tao and left the pier from Surat Thani at 11 pm final night time.’

‘At the time of the incident, there have been 97 passengers, together with Thai and overseas nationals, in addition to 11 Burmese boat crew, together with cargo onboard.

‘The fireplace originated within the engine room whereas the boat was mid-sea and approaching the pier at Koh Tao, inflicting panic amongst passengers, a few of whom jumped overboard.

‘After receiving the report from authorities and boat operators at Koh Tao, we swiftly dispatched a rescue boat to evacuate all passengers and crew again to the coast.

‘Some of them suffered minor accidents from smoke inhalation.’

Other movies of the incident confirmed the ferry was additionally carrying a number of autos.

Koh Tao was dubbed Death Island following the murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in 2014.

Previous instances of vacationer deaths emerged and there have been a number of unexplained deaths of vacationers since, resulting in the island being branded ‘cursed’. 

Koh Tao – ‘Death Island’ in paradise

 The sunny Koh Tao earned the infamous title of ‘Death Island’ round a decade in the past after two Brits have been brutally murdered whereas backpacking.

The semi-naked our bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23,  have been found between 5am and 6am on Sairee Beach in Koh Tao on September 15, 2014.

A British male, thought to have identified the 2, was named as an individual of and hunted by police after allegedly fleeing the island on an early ferry for Bangkok.

Later, police launched CCTV footage which they claimed confirmed the scholars strolling hand-in-hand down a avenue.

It was later revealed the couple within the photographs weren’t Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller.

Images of a migrant employee noticed in a while the identical CCTV tape are circulated, with police describing the person as an individual of curiosity.

The following day DNA samples taken from the scene don’t match these of any of a reported 12 suspects.

Officers claimed they’d ‘sturdy proof’ to hyperlink six Burmese staff to the ugly murders, although no forensic hyperlinks might be made.

Samples have been taken from 9 migrant staff and three foreigners together with two brothers from Jersey who have been pals of David Miller.

Christopher and James Ware have been stopped at Suvarnabhumi International airport on their method again to Britain for questioning.

The brothers have been by no means arrested.

Thai police admitted they’d ‘no thought’ who killed David Miller and Hannah Witheridge after failing to hyperlink any of 12 suspects to the crime.

They mentioned it was ‘tough to say’ whether or not the pair’s killer or killers was nonetheless on the island, after which claimed investigations had pointed them to a bunch seen on the seaside taking part in the guitar and singing ‘western songs’.

The Thai Prime Minister mentioned ladies carrying bikinis on the vacation island of Koh Tao weren’t protected until they have been ugly.

‘Can they be protected in bikinis … until they aren’t stunning?’ mentioned General Prayuth Chan-O-Cha in a televised speech.

He later apologised for his remarks.

Police later say Miss Witheridge could not have been raped as first steered following an post-mortem on her physique.

Police claimed DNA from two males alongside that of Miss Witheridge has been found on a cigarette butt 50 yards from the place the 23-year-old’s physique was discovered.

They mentioned traces of at the very least one man’s DNA has been discovered on Miss Witheridge’s physique. Later it transpires there’s proof of 1 man’s DNA on the cigarette, and of two males within the sufferer’s physique.

It was steered David Miller was killed with a blunt piece of metallic and never the rusty backyard hoe first found on the scene and named as a homicide weapon.

Evidence steered the courageous 24-year-old put up a battle earlier than his demise and that he was drowned.

The following month, two Burmese males, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, each 21, have been charged with three offences – conspiracy to homicide, conspiracy to rape and theft – in reference to the deaths of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.

In December 2014, the suspects have been every indicted on 5 prices: premeditated homicide, killing to hide a legal offence, rape, unlawful entry into Thailand, and staying within the nation with out permission.  

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, each now 29, have been initially sentenced to demise for the homicide of David Miller and the homicide and rape of Hannah Witheridge however a Thai royal decree modified their sentences to life in jail.

On April 2, 2024, each males demanded a assessment of the case as they plead their innocence. 

They declare they have been compelled into making a confession and accused detectives of finishing up a ‘botched’ investigation, The Mirror reported.