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Young Russian boy takes the death toll from the ferry accident in Pattaya to seven

On Thursday a twelve year old Russian boy died from injuries that he sustained when a ferry sank off the coast of Pattaya on the third of November, taking the death toll to seven.

The boy had been in a critical condition since being rescued from the disaster, and died in the nearby city of Si Racha. Three other passengers on the ferry were severely injured but according to Pattaya police commander Colonel Suwarn Chiewnawintawat, they are out of danger.

sinking  2The staff at the hospital have been reported as saying that the boy never regained consciousness and developed respiratory problems as well as swelling of the brain.

A Polish couple, a man from Hong Kong and three Thai passenger also died.

Survivors have told of how passengers were scrambling for life jackets as the water poured in forcing them to the top deck before the boat became unstable and sank.

The cause of the accident remains unknown, although the boats operator says it may have hit a large object or a rock that caused a large hole to appear in its hull. The captain has been charged of causing death by negligence and the incident has revived fears over travel safety standards throughout the country.

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