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Marine Department chief bans deadly tour speedboat drivers, calls for captain training

Marine Department chief bans deadly tour speedboat drivers, calls for captain training

PHUKET: Marine Department Chief Witthaya Yamuang arrived in Phuket yesterday afternoon to be briefed personally on the tour speedboat collision that killed two Russian children and injured more than a dozen more tourists earlier yesterday morning (Feb 10).

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10:29AM


Marine Department Chief Witthaya Yamuang inspects the site of the tour speedboat collision yesterday afternoon (Feb 10). Photo: PR Dept

Marine Department Chief Witthaya Yamuang inspects the site of the tour speedboat collision yesterday afternoon (Feb 10). Photo: PR Dept

The collision, between tour boat ALP 111 and the tour speedboat Payan 5, occurred in the channel linking Phuket Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina to Phang Nga Bay at about 8am. (See story here.)

Marine Department Chief Witthaya visited both marinas and the site of the collision as part of his inspection.

“I am very sorry for the two deaths and those injured. The boats have been seized as evidence. The boats’ captains have been banned from driving any boats for two years,” Chief Witthaya said.

“As to the cause of the accident, we believe that one of them was driving too fast,” he noted.

“At this stage, I have ordered Phuket Marine officers to set up training for boat captains, as we found that some of them may not know how to drive properly in different areas and not know the proper safety procedures when an accident happens,” Chief Witthaya said.

“We will also send some officers to examine the channel for further dredging,” he added.

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“We want every tour and boat operator to pay attention to safety as a priority. For normal people, if you see any unsafe boat, unsafe pier, dangerous boat driver, please inform the Marine Department hotline 1199,” Chief Witthaya urged.

Chief Witthaya made no mention of any criminal charges of negligence pending resulting in the deaths of the two children and the dozens of people injured.

Joining Department Chief Witthaya on his inspection was Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana.

“I am deeply sorry for those who passed away and had injuries from the two boat crash. From the accident, two children passed away and other 19 tourists got injured. At this time, only one injured is still receiving medical treatment at Bangkok Hospital Phuket,” Governor Phakaphong told the press.

The Ministry of Tourism & Sports has remedial coverage of up to B1 million per death and up to B500,000 medical expense. The tour provider has insurance coverage with Southeast Insurance of up to B500,000 per death and up to B500,000 for medical expenses, he added.

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Rorri_2 | 14 February 2020 - 17:49:32

Pascale, obviously you do not know the meaning of "hatred," yet here you are debating it.

Jabba jor, ""many deadly accidents has no 
rules, training, certification." you also need to understand the meaning of hatred.. oh, thnx for highlighting the fact we need "editing" back, what K says is in fact "facts" far from hatred, you can deny it as much as...

Jor12 | 14 February 2020 - 15:20:23

" don't gave the intelligence to debate... hatered" and you talk of intelligence when I don't even know what you trying to say.
You may not see hatred but certainly others do. For example, "many deadly accidents has no 
rules, training, certification." if incorrect statements are made, what else can it be other than hatred? 

Pascale | 14 February 2020 - 13:58:03

@Ro. Regarding "not accepting the many problems.." Most expats in Thailand  know the problems,accept them and go on with their lives,whereas a small group keeps whinging/whining daily about those like a spoiled kid.You ,K and a few others on here are the best example.And as you see no hatred here,you should take off your blinkers.

Rorri_2 | 14 February 2020 - 05:48:45

Ematt... I see no hatred, this is simply you grandstanding, why, well we can only guess you don't gave the intelligence to debate... hatered, no, just you not accepting the many problems in Thailand.

HubertK | 13 February 2020 - 15:44:56

Mr.Kurt,your comment --Coffin closed...case closed--is premature and generalising. It shows your pure bitterness .Actually it is you who creates an "animosity sphere"here.

Jor12 | 13 February 2020 - 14:27:56

One can tell the intellectual prowess of the serial clown as he once again contradicts what he actually says.

ematt | 12 February 2020 - 20:38:25

@Pascale Hatred toward Thais is a common theme in this forum, as you will have noted. It comes from the white supremacy crowd, losers stuck in Thailand, with nowhere else to go I guess. 

Kurt | 12 February 2020 - 15:48:47

@malczx7r.  You would be surprised! Thailand until today, after many deadly accidents has no rules, training, certification  for tourist boat drivers! Oh yes, a lot of empty bla bla after accidents. All ironed by money. Sorry I forgot. These boat drivers must be Thai only, they call it a protected thai job. TIT. Killed by Thai. From Phoenix, and before,  until now.

Kurt | 12 February 2020 - 13:06:23

@Pascale.  No! There is a significant thai handling.  I call it: 'Coffin closed and sent abroad, case closed'.
My comment is not hateful, and not towards all Thais. Don't try create a animosity sphere. 

Pascale | 12 February 2020 - 08:56:02

"Of course not,the children were not Thai" Another stupid remark from the serial poster.Based on nothing except his feelings of hatred  towards all Thais. Pitiful !!

BigA | 12 February 2020 - 08:09:19

Mr. Witthaya what happen to the Video? But on the other hand looking at the Speedboat damage you are right one must have been just a little over the speed limit of 5 mph! Thanks for pointing it out,I am just a stupid farang 
Horst

malczx7r | 12 February 2020 - 06:41:11

2 year ban, wow! Just like the previous death the boat captain had been jailed for causing a death by recklessness! Comes out to do it again! Some of.them.msy not know the rules, not a very good captain certificate then is it, what is the training required to become a captain?? 

malczx7r | 12 February 2020 - 06:39:03

I used to live near chalong pier, you could see the boats come speeding in everyday, right under the noses of the marine office, maybe the employees of the department could look out of the window and away from their phones and see for themselves, then you wouldn't need people to report it!!

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 17:45:57

Children were killed, will this has a follow up in Court? Conviction, Prison time? Of course not, the children were not thai.

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 17:40:27

Don't use the the titel 'captain', it are just maritime uneducated boat drivers.
We also not call thai taxi- and Van drivers ' Taxi/Van Captain'. Do we? All categories functioning far below standards on Phuket, as many tourist experience weekly.  Phuket Governors, please, fruit baskets stand by for next happening. Thank you.

Foot | 11 February 2020 - 15:09:23

“As to the cause of the accident, we believe that one of them was driving too fast,” he noted.  Genius!
The boats’ captains have been banned from driving any boats for two years,...   Wow Huge penalty for killing to children.  But, why both when the speeder is responsible?

Mj | 11 February 2020 - 14:41:25

No Video
I saw the accident myself

goldwing | 11 February 2020 - 14:19:32

Why on earth would people who are called captain need training< they are supposed to be proficient seamen, but I forgot, they are Thai and trained?? in Thailand

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 12:44:18

correction: *..Why they walk there with Chief Witthaya?...  Just as a 'show dressing'?

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 12:40:56

Seeing Chief Witthaya walking surrounded by high authorities as Phuket Governor, Police general, a high ranking Navy officer, one ask himself are/were they not the Officials who are responsible for Phuket tourist boating? Why they work there with Chief Witthaya, just showing their incompetents,  nothing learned from the Phoenix disaster?

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 12:29:36

Are they speaking english on hotline 1199?
What is happening to Phuket Marine Office? Is it still existing or sidelined? We never hear anymore from Chief Wiwat when something 'off shore', his business, happens. How about that still missing kajak couple?

BigA | 11 February 2020 - 12:11:23

Where is the Video showing the actual accident??? I saw it .they were doing some 50 mph not 5! Reckless driving   2 year suspension, Chief Witthaya and his Team should do there job they get pay'd for and not sit in there offices and ask the public to do them for   them!

Mj | 11 February 2020 - 11:26:00

If they kept the speed limit that is 5 knots in the channel the accident would not happen.
Put the Captain who create the accident in jail for at least two years instead

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