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Marine Department launches investigation over boats tragedy

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Marine Department is continuing its investigation over the Phuket boat tragedy, a week ago.

The marine Department Region 3 Chief Puripat Teerakulapisut says,“The warning announcement for boats heading to sea is based on the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). If we can see that the wind and wave conditions are not too strong, we will announce to for boats to be careful travelling into open waters.”

“The ban for boats not to leave from port is also considered based on the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). In addition relevant informations such as reports from boats which are already in the sea is essential information.”

“After these details are considered, information is sent to the committee to consider again before issuing an announcement to ban or not to ban boats from departing port.”

“For this tragedy we say that the sea was quiet and no big waves during that morning. Boats were leaving from ports along the east coast since morning. After that the weather changed suddenly with strong winds and high waves. At that time decisions must be made by boat captains. Their instant decisions are crucial for the safety of their passengers.”

“The Marine Department has set up a committee to investigate this case.”

The Captain of the dive boat ‘Phoenix’ claims that four to five metres waves hit the boat causing it to sink.

Read more HERE.

The Thaiger posted a screen shot on its ‘The Thaiger’ and The Thaiger Radio’ Facebook pages around 2pm on the day of the tragedy – information readily available to anyone. It was clear from the screen shots that an abrupt frontal system was approaching the island.

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  1. Asterix

    July 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    In Thailand, there is no marine training centre in the Andaman Sea and the 2 marine training centres are in Samut Prakan (government) and in Pattaya (Private). Therefore, all boat captains have no choice but to work at least two years for a boat operator company to apply to get a helmsman boat licence by complacency, which left them without proper training to drive transport boats up to 60T.

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    Samut Prakan 10270 Thailand
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Hua Hin

TAT criticises operators of suspended Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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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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Bangkok

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.”

"Many tourists sustai...
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