One dead, 22 injured in boat crash at Thai floating market

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One tourist was killed and 22 injured in a boat crash at a floating market in central Thailand, officials said Saturday.

The accident occurred late Friday night while the tourists were on a river cruise to watch fireflies, according to Amphawa provincial authorities.

“The tourist boat turned off its light so the tourists could view the fireflies. As a result it was struck by another boat that did not see it,” police Captain Watana Nuan-Sridum said.

The crash killed a 61-year-old Hungarian tourist and injured 22 South Koreans.

Amphawa is a popular tourist attraction known for its floating markets, firefly tours and preserved riverfront.

The area was given UNESCO’s Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2008.

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