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Brit charged, fined after yacht lightning-strike fire

By The Phuket News

 

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The news was revealed at Phuket Provincial Hall late yesterday afternoon (Nov 5) at a meeting called by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana. Photo: PR Dept

 

PHUKET: The British skipper on board the yacht that caught fire after a lightning strike and burned to the waterline off Phuket late last Friday afternoon has been handed down a three-month suspended jail term and fined B3,000 for operating a boat in Thai waters without the appropriate license.

 

The news was revealed at Phuket Provincial Hall late yesterday afternoon (Nov 5) at a meeting called by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana.

 

Governor Phakaphong called to the meeting all officials in Phuket responsible for marine transportation so he could be fully briefed on what had happened in the yacht fire incident, which saw the Beneteau 50-foot sloop Emmjay catch fire after a lightning strike at about 5pm late Saturday afternoon (Nov 3).


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/brit-charged-fined-after-yacht-lightning-strike-fire-69249.php#iU2Duc583kvCtGir.99 

 
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Legal action taken against yacht helmsman and Thai crew

By The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket

 

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Legal action has been taken against a Scottish helmsman and a Thai yacht charter ‘caretaker’ in Saturday’s luxury yacht fire.

 

The Phuket PR Office reports that the the fire started by ‘natural causes’ after the 51 foot yacht was hit by lightning just after 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

Police have already taken legal action against the helmsman on the day and the yacht’s Thai ‘caretaker’. The court has judged the yacht helmsman, David Stewart Toy from Scotland, and a Thai yacht caretaker ‘Mikey Burker’ were partly responsible.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/legal-action-taken-against-yacht-helmsman-and-thai-crew

 
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So you are responsible if a lightning hits your property and you can't extinguish the fire by yourself / it's causing damage to others....
Interesting lay out of the laws

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Just found this gem......Thailand Marine Licencing regulation.

The part of the Thai skipper, which may have actually been the Thai deckhand is interesting. But in reality, the charter company is probably in the wrong for leasing to unlicenced hirers. Maybe the Brit took the fall.

Q: Is it necessary to have a license to use a private Thai registered Boat or Yacht in Thailand.

A: Yes, although this is probably one of the most widely ignored regulation of all, along with the requirement to wear a helmet on a motor cycle. Many boat owners employ a  full or part time Thai Skipper to stay within the law.

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I would think if a bareboat charter (& the TV bit isn’t clear on that) the charter company is responsible for determining the licensing requirements before renting.

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4 hours ago, Phuketshrew said:

The accident happened on November 3rd and the helmsman was tried and sentenced on November 5th? They weren't so quick to act when the Phoenix sank killing many Chinese tourists, and that was not an accident.

Thais and Chinese are in the same bed... Brit's are not invited !

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hmm, I was a little confused on this one, however it seems on the threads that he was running the yacht as a business venture, so this wasn't a group of hapless sailors going about their business but a group of tourists who had hired the services of the skipper. This will certainly become interesting for him as to whether or not he had commercial use insurance cover etc. I hope and excuse the pun that he hadn't sunk all his money into this little venture.

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