During the afternoon of 8 April a passenger ferry travelling between Krabi and Phuket in southern Thailand caught fire and sank. There was 1 fatality and over 100 other passengers were rescued.
There are numerous passenger boat services operating between the mainland and islands in Thailand. There have been some sinkings, usually due to overloading and/or poor maintenance but also due to rough seas. During the Full Moon party, speedboats to and from Koh Phangan are often overloaded. Take care at all times and avoid travelling on vessels that are clearly overloaded or in poor condition. Make sure life jackets are available.