Passengers safe as Arakan ferry beached

Passengers safe as Arakan ferry beached

A ferry heading to the Arakan State capital Sittwe from the island of Mrauk-U beached on Monday near the town of Ponnakyun.

The Aung Takon-2 lost control when it took a turn at high speed as it approached the town’s docks, ending up beached on the shore, according to San Shwe Kyaw, Ponnakyun’s Arakan National Party deputy chairman. The passengers on the ferry were uninjured, he added.

“The passengers were unscathed. They were all rescued. The boat beached on the shore as it turned at high speed upon arriving in Ponnakyun,” said San Shwe Kyaw.

He added that local boatmen quickly arrived at the scene to help the passengers get off the ship.

Chit Min, director of Rakhita Armhan, the company contracted to operate the Aung Takon-2, said the incident was caused by strong currents and reiterated that nobody had been harmed in the incident.

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“The passengers are safe. The incident was caused by strong currents around that area and thanks to the boatmen of Ponnakyun everything was fine in the end,” he said.

“The passengers have been sent to Sittwe by car. There is nothing to worry about.”

The ferry boat liner Aung Takon made headlines in March of last year when its vessel Aung Takon-3 sank off the Arakan coast resulting in the death of 62 people, according to official figures.

An investigation commission formed by the Arakan State government to probe the deadly ferry boat disaster submitted a damning report alleging “serious negligence” on the part of the ship’s crew and port authorities.

 

 

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