I have spent over six months travelling through south east Asia
over the last two years and have traveled on many local "ferries". My consistent reckoning was to Stay on deck
and not venture inside. The other thing I did was take note of the lifejacket locations.That comes back to my time sailing commercially, so its a Pavlovian thing for me . ( though I rarely watch the flight safetly briefings on planes- go figure.)
Years of dinghy
and cat sailing make me very comfortable with an upside down boat underneath me. But for the tourist, who is not a boat person, you can understand those horrid screams you could hear in the back ground.
There will be a court case of course. But Thailand
, if you pay the right people, well, things can go away.