River security enhanced for Royal Cremation

Marine Department head Sornsak Saensombat discusses safety measures to control Chao Phraya River traffic during the royal funeral rites for the late King. Apichart Jinakul

The Marine Department has drawn up measures to boost security on the Chao Phraya River during the royal funeral rites for the late King next month.

Department director-general Sornsak Saensombat said security measures during the Oct 25-27 cremation rites at Sanam Luang are needed because about 60,000 people are expected to travel by road and boat to the events each day, he said.

The department, which is responsible for providing river security, has declared a section of the Chao Phraya a restricted area during the ceremonies from noon to 9pm on Oct 25, from 6am to 11pm on Oct 26, and from 8am to 2pm on Oct 27, Mr Sornsak said.

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