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BANGKOK, November 4 (Itar-Tass) - No Russians are among the patients of the Bangkok hospital at the sea resort Pattaya, where people injured in the wreckage of the ferryboat in Thailand, Southeast Asia, were taken on Sunday, a source in the medical institution told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“There are no Russians among our patients. After the wreckage of the ferryboat nine Thai citizens were brought to our hospital. They are being given medical aid,” the source said.
According to the Russian Embassy in Thailand, all people injured onboard the ferryboat were brought to two medical institutions - the Bangkok hospital in Pattaya and the Pattaya memorial hospital.
After the sea incident two Russian citizens were taken for treatment to the Pattaya memorial hospital, the hospital authorities said on Sunday. “The child is in critical condition. The death of brain is fixed in him. His mother is in moderately grave condition. Her face is cut and she needs a surgery,” the hospital source said. However, on Monday, the hospital authorities refused to provide any information about the injured people to Itar-Tass.
According to Thai media, about 100 people were injured as a result of capsizing of the ferryboat Koh Larn Travel 1. “People could really be feeling bad after the incident and after a long stay in the water. According to available reports, the ferryboat was short of life vests. The passengers were keeping afloat as much as they could do it, catching on some boxes or other floatable objects,” head of the consular department of the Russian Embassy Andrei Dvornikov said.
The passenger ferryboat Koh Larn Travel 1 capsized on Sunday evening, sailing from the coast just about 500 metres away. The ferryboat was to bring the passengers from the island of Koh Larn to Pattaya, which is situated eight kilometres from the island. The overloaded ferry, two-metre-high waves on that day could have caused the tragedy.
“The death of seven people, including three Russians - a woman and two men was confirmed,” Andrei Dvornikov said. According to the Russian diplomatic mission, about half of passengers from the sunken ferry Koh Larn Travel 1 are most likely the Russians either. According to Thai media, the ferryboat Koh Larn Travel 1 was carrying about 200 people.
Employees of the Russian diplomatic mission were dispatched to Pattaya to give the consular support.