Students injured in Chanthaburi fish pier collapse

At least 10 students of Burapa University, Chanthaburi campus, were injured after a fishing boat pier in Tha Mai district collapsed on Friday (Aug 18) morning.

Nathacha Changphetphol, 21, said about 20 marine science students of the university, some of them exchange students from China, and their instructors went on a study tour to the fishing boat pier between Ban Lao and Hua Laem villages in Tambon Khlong Khut.

While on the walk bridge, a group of students went down on a concrete platform to scoop up plankton for laboratory tests.  The concrete platform suddenly collapsed and the students fell into the sea. The water level was about 1.50 metres.

Jennarong Kuawong, 31, one of the fishermen who moored their boats at the pier, said he and his father heard a loud noise of breaking concrete and the voices of students screaming.

He and other fishermen jumped into the water to help rescue the students.

The injured students were admitted to Tha Mai Hospital.

Withurat Srinam, the Chanthaburi governor, led officials concerned to examine the pier.  They believed the concrete platform collapsed because the pier is dilapidated as it was built more than 20 years ago.

The governor ordered the officials to examine the pier to find the cause of the collapse and quickly repair and strengthen the walk bridge for safety.  Signboards have been put up to warn villagers and tourists to beware of possible danger.