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Phoenix finally risen from seabed

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Phoenix finally risen from seabed

By The Phuket News

 

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The Phoenix being raised earlier today (Nov 17)

 

Today (Nov 17) Mrs Basshaya Yaipiem PR Phuket led 40 representatives of the Thai and foreign media on the “Pakarang” boat of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment to watch the Phoenix recovery operation.

 

Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander Gen Rungroj Saengkram, Immigration Chief Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn both travelled by helicopter to the Andaman Sea to track the recovery mission of the Phoenix.

 

Then, at 2pm, Gen Rungroj Saengkram, along with Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn, came to a press briefing to advise on the progress of the recovery of the Phoenix to the Thai and foreign media.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phoenix-finally-risen-from-seabed-69377.php

 

 
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-- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-11-17

 

 

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8 hours ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

A big well done to the Singaporean team, who have shown that bringing adequate resources to a task,can render an operation fairly simple and have it completed in short order.

One hopes that not only will their efforts provide valuable information regarding the disaster, but also ring a few wake up bells in Thailand, when it comes to such problems.

As has been clearly proven, hiring clowns on such a sensitive issue, to try to save a few lousy bucks, and trying to save some face as in "Yeah! We can do this" , when you clearly can't, ends up with you looking like laughable clowns yourself. 

It is little wonder the Chinese are not coming, as they obviously have little or no faith in the authorities here to have the first clue what to do in the event of a disaster.

I can only imagine the scale of the tragedy to come when one of their subs has a problem and needs rescuing.

"As has been clearly proven, hiring clowns on such a sensitive issue, to try to save a few lousy bucks, and trying to save some face as in "Yeah! We can do this" , when you clearly can't, ends up with you looking like laughable clowns yourself. "

Where do you get the idea to they did it to save a few bucks? The only reason it went the way it was was to make bucks, and more than a few.

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2 hours ago, happy chappie said:

Thanks for sorting this mess out mr big joke,here have another medal and promotion to admiral.so what he's actually done is turn up for a photo shoot with the real salvage team,hang around phuket in some fancy hotel waiting for the lift and now jumped in for some more photos and praise.this man has a serious case of stars in his eyes.im waiting for the announcement he's off to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune.

The guy is achieving things, and all you can come up with is more negative crap. Why am I not surprised.

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6 hours ago, neeray said:

Wasn't it simply greed that sunk this boat by overloading it, going out against weather warnings, failing to follow basic steps of marine safety?

I doubt that their forensic investigation is going to find anything new and startling as to the cause.

Hopefully this effort will help to bring some peace and closure to the families of the deceased.

"Wasn't it simply greed that sunk this boat by overloading it, going out against weather warnings, failing to follow basic steps of marine safety?"

No, no and no.

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wonder how many fish where in there and other form of life after 4 month

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All the anticipation all the hype, the botched first attempt, the arrival of Super BJ and the 5 day deadline. 

 

After all this, is there no video or photo story?

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12 minutes ago, Oziex1 said:

All the anticipation all the hype, the botched first attempt, the arrival of Super BJ and the 5 day deadline. 

 

After all this, is there no video or photo story?

From Thaiger. You can see the mess of ropes and drums the first mob left.

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Thailand raises shipwreck that killed 47 tourists, hopes to restore confidence

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Saturday raised the shipwreck that killed 47 Chinese tourists in July, part of an ongoing investigation into the cause of the boat capsizing, officials said.

 

"The Phoenix is an important piece of evidence to determine the cause of the accident," Tourist Police Bureau Deputy Chief, Major General Surachate Hakparn, told reporters.

 

"When the case is final, it will be able to restore Chinese tourist confidence," he said separately in a statement.

 

The Phoenix went down in high seas in July off Thailand's west-coast island of Phuket with 101 people on board, made up of 12 crew members and 89 tourists, all but two of them from China. The ship had been taking the passengers on an outing to a small island for snorkelling.

 

An earlier salvage effort was suspended due to weather conditions.

 

The capsizing and sinking of the Phoenix was Thailand's worst tourist-related disaster in years and led to a sharp drop in Chinese arrivals in the following months.

 

Tourists from China make up the biggest portion of Thailand's visitors, and last year accounted for nearly one-third of a record 35.38 million arrivals.

 

Tourism accounts for about 12 percent of Southeast Asia's second-largest economy, making it a key driver of its growth.

 

The Thai government has scrambled to restore tourism with schemes such as granting waivers on visa fees.

 

"We want to get to the truth (about the Phoenix)," Surachate said. The effort shows a commitment to the relatives of the dead and will help restore tourism confidence in Thailand, he said.

 

 
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