If you have ever used the canal boat services on Saen Saeb in Bangkok then you will surely be outraged by this CCTV clip from Charn Issara Pier taken on Tuesday night. Saen Saeb is probably the most polluted canal in Thailand that offers public boat services. If you fall into this smelly canal you will surely die. That is no exaggeration as people have died in the past. People are paranoid about getting just a few drops on them while riding these boats.
What you see in this video clip is first one and then another boat seemingly racing along Saen Saeb. The wake from the second boat completely swamps the people waiting on a pier knocking two of them off their feet. One of them loses her shoes. If you look at the trees above the pier you can see how high the black, putrid water reached. Luckily no-one was killed. But hopefully they immediately went to hospital for a medical check-up. This is no laughing matter.
UPDATE: The boat operators accept responsibility and said it was a mistake on their part. The two boats were being operated by engineers. This will no longer be allowed and there will be a strict rule that only qualified boat captains can operate the canal boats. There were no passengers on board the boats at the time.
UPDATE 2: The Bangkok Post now has an article on this.