A tour bus taking 34 Chinese tourists to a seafood dinner in Naklua plunged into Pattaya bay at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday evening after the brakes had allegedly failed.
No injuries were reported but several of the tourists fainted and were left in a state of shock.
The Thai driver of the tour bus told police he had been taking the Chinese tourists to a seafood restaurant in the area and was driving down Naklua Soi 18 at a normal speed.
According to Pattaya One, the 49-year-old driver
hadn’t noticed anything different about the vehicle, until he tried to apply the brakes.
After nothing happened, he attempted to use the handbrake as well as [the] gears to try [and] slow the bus down, but it was too late.
The driver lost total control and after hitting a pickup the bus eventually headed straight [onto the beach and] into the sea.
Hitting the water eventually brought the bus to a standstill, with only the front half of the vehicle semi-submerged.
Rescue services and locals quickly arrived on the scene to assist the passengers to safety. Although police initially agreed with the driver and blamed brake failure for the freak accident further checks will be done on the bus to see if the vehicle is actually up to safety standards.