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Thai Riverboat Accident Kills at Least 18 After Tourist Boat Capsizes

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Thai rescue teams search for victims after a boat capsized at Chao Phraya River in Ayuthaya Province, Thailand, on Sunday. (Dailynews via AP)

By    |   Monday, 19 Sep 2016 02:26 PM

A Thai riverboat accident has left at least 18 people dead after an overcrowded tourist boat carrying Muslim pilgrims capsized Sunday.

At least 18 people were killed, 12 were missing, and 44 were injured, The Guardian reported Monday.

The accident took place Sunday on the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site north of the Thai capital, Reuters reported.

The boat reportedly was carrying about 100 Thai Muslims before it came into contact with a barrier, according to police.

Police commander Surapong Thampitak told Reuters on Monday that the boat was carrying 50 passengers over its normal capacity.

Thampitak also said that the driver of the boat is set to be charged with reckless driving causing loss of life as well as overloading the boat beyond its capacity.

“The boat tried to avoid another vessel and crashed into the concrete column of a bridge,” said Udomsak Khaonoona, disaster prevention chief for the city.

A video posted by CCTV News gives a glimpse of the dramatic scene of the boat tipped over with its lower deck submerged under water.

According to The Guardian, rescuers used ropes to help pull people back to solid ground as they swam away from the deserted boat.

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