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Prawit threatens legal actions against boat captain, owner

By The Nation

 

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan. FILE photo 

 

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Friday threatened legal action against the captain and the owner of an ill-fated tourist boat that sank in the sea off Phuket on Thursday afternoon.
 

General Prawit said the captain and owner of the Phoenix boat would be held responsible for the accident.

 

That boat 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.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30349474

 
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Just now, quandow said:

Thai government and safety regulations in the same sentence?

 

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Yes but I also put the word "vow" in there which is their favourite to convince people they are serious when they intend to do SFA.

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This will not bring back the people who died. Should be shouting that there will be tight regulations brought in and enforced. But hey no need to do that  it would cost money when it is all about making money not safety .

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double post for some reason

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Chinese government turning up the heat like nobody else can.

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4 minutes ago, Lampang2 said:

Chinese government turning up the heat like nobody else can.

What next? Artificial islands in the gulf?

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What next? Artificial islands in the gulf?
Not needed.
Thailand is already included into greater China as is a bunch of other states.

Missing formalities is just that, formalities.
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There was no ban, and weather warning was at best not communicated very well.'

 

This is just authorities absolving themselves of any blame, and I agree, probably directly after coming of the phone with Beijing.

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1 hour ago, Goldieinkathu said:

"And they would not listen"

I've been here over 20 years and every day I see people who will not listen  or don't follow the law.

There's no telling some folk ?

I doubt punishing the owner or the captain will make people listen in the future ?

Another avoidable  tragedy.

 

This boat is the one who had most people die. But if they use the point of warnings issued then the entire phuket tourism fleet is guilty. They were all out there too.

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This area is fairly open water. A proper sea going vessel would handle that weather. These kinds of boats that we see in some of the videos are for lakes. Power boats with outboards are not what I would be on in that ocean!

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