At least 6 dead as tourist ferry sinks off Thai resort of Pattaya: Police

Thai rescuers carrying an injured tourist on to the pier after being rescued from the sea after a boat accident in Pattaya, south-eastern Thailand on Sunday, Nov 3, 2013. Six tourists, including two Russians and a Chinese, were killed when an overcrowded ferry sank, the police said. -- PHOTO: AP

BANGKOK (AFP) - At least six passengers, including three foreigners, have died after a tourist ferry sank on Sunday off the Thai resort of Pattaya, the police said.

"There are six dead - three Thais and three foreigners," a police official told AFP, adding the rescue effort was continuing because of fears passengers may still be trapped inside the stricken vessel.

There was no immediate reports of the number of injured or missing, but local media said dozens of ambulances had been called to Pattaya's beachfront to handle casualties being plucked from the water.

The ferry sank on Sunday afternoon near Koh Larn, a small island off the Pattaya coast popular with daytrippers.