UPDATE: Explosion in Khlong Saen Saep boat injures 58 passengers

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A powerful gas explosion on a boat shuttling service between Wat Sribunruang temple and Pratunam in Klong Saensaep canal this morning left 58 passengers injured, two seriously.

The boat, operated by Krobkrua Khonsong and loaded with over 60 passengers, was sailing from Wat Sribunruang pier to Pratunam when a thunderous explosion happened in the engine room.

They were admitted to Bangkok, Paetpanya, and Piyawej hospital, two of them in serious condition.

The explosion damaged the boat’s engine room but fortunately it happened while it was about to anchor at Wat Thep Leela pier.

Initial inspection of the boat revealed that the boat is powered by LNG gas, not diesel.

However the gas tanks were left intact but the boat engine was badly damaged, indicating it was not from the tanks.

The company executive Chavalit Maetayaprapas said the boat service will continue as usual and was not disrupted by the explosion.

He said the company operates the service for up to 30 years and thus was the explosion was the first time.

Marine Department is sending technicians to join the company’s technicians to inspect and find the exact cause of the explosion.

The engine room is at the rear of the boat and the explosion happened at 6.20 am on the first trip of the boat service.

CCTV footage shows the moment the engine room of the Khlong Saen Saep boat explosion. 58 passengers injured, 2 seriously, according to the Erawan emergency centre.

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Friday, 4 March 2016