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Deputy PM foreshadows legal action against captain and owner of ‘Phoenix’

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PHOTO: ‘Phoenix’ from Siraphop Srakaew

Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan is threatening legal action against the captain and the owner of the ‘Phoenix’, the ill-fated tourist boat that sank yesterday evening off the south-west coast of Phuket.

General Prawit says the captain and owner of the Phoenix boat will be held responsible for the accident. ‘Phoenix’ sank with 105 people on board, most of them Chinese tourists, while it was returning from Koh Racha. Prawit sad the boat left the journeyed from Phuket’s shore to the satellite island of Koh Racha despite a weather warning and a ban on boats leaving the dock by the Meteorological Department.

“I’ve checked with them why they took the boat out to the sea and they said there was no strong wind,” said Prawit.

“But, the Meteorological Department had warned against leaving shore from July 4 to 6 and they would not listen.”

“The captain and the boat owner took out the boat without heeding the warning so they will be held responsible,” he said.

Thailand’s Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan. File Photo/The Nation

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  1. Asterix

    July 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    ‘Phoenix’ sank with 105 people on board and a total of 48 people (36 tourists and all 12 crew and guides) had been rescued.

    Note that the 12 crews and guides have been rescued while 57 Chineses drowned on the boat.

    Normally, crews must be the last to quit a sinking boat according to International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Hua Hin

TAT criticises operators of suspended Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is criticising the operator of the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service over the suspension of boat trips on the grounds that it is low season and too few passengers.

The Prachuap Khiri Khan Harbour Office announced this morning that the Royal Passenger Line would suspend the service from September 20 to October 31 and would resume services on November 1.


However, Orasa Avudhkhom, director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Office of TAT, says that the low season should not be a reason for suspending services. She said boat services should only be suspended if the sea was too rough or weather conditions were hazardous.

She said the suspension of services will affect tourism in Hua Hin. The ferry route concessionaire should have used marketing campaigns during the low season to attract business, instead of suspending the services, she said.

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Man arrested for alleged attempted rape of nine year old girl

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by Kornkamon Aksorndech and Supachai Phetchthewee

Police have arrested a motorcycle taxi driver for allegedly luring a nine year old girl into a Bangkok temple toilet yesterday in an attempt to rape her.

The alleged incident took place at 5pm at the Wat Yoo Dee Bumrungtham (Wat Or Ngern) toilet in the Saimai district.

The alleged assault was stopped when the girl screamed for help and a monk, armed with a metal bar, managed to rescue the young girl as her attacker fled.

Based on the description they gave, police questioned the accused man who had been previously arrested for marijuana possession. He gave his name as Ae, although he carried no ID.

Ae, aged in his 40s, reportedly told police that the girl hailed his motorcycle taxi to go to her mother's house in Sukha Pibal 5 area and on the way he made a stop to use the toilet.

He allegedly told the girl to go into the toilet and then ...
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Phuket

Russian tourist stung by ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Lifeguards / Newshawk Phuket

A female Russian tourist has sustained a painful sting on her leg from a ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong beach today (September 20).

Patong lifeguards are warning of jellyfish known locally as the ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong Beach.

Fire Jellyfish or Morbakka fenneri can be discovered in tropical watersa. The physical appearance of this jellyfish is slightly larger than most jellyfish. The fire jellyfish can be seen from their pink coloured body, four inch body length and their bell is two-inches in diameter. Their stings are also painful but no worse than other jellyfish.

Patong lifeguards say, “We have provided first aid to a the Russian lady who refused to go to a hospital. If you are stung by one, pouring sea water or vinegar on the affected area can help relieve some of  the pain. Please don’t use fresh water and don’t scratch.”

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