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‘No show’ of speedboat owners caught dropping anchors on coral south of Phuket

PHUKET: The Chief of the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has told The Phuket News today that he is still waiting for the owners of seven or eight speedboats caught dropping anchors onto coral reefs off Laem Thong Beach on the northeast coast of Phi Phi Island on Sept 3 to present themselves.

crime, environment, marine, transport,


Shela Riva

Monday 18 September 2017, 06:06PM


There were seven or eight boats caught on camera dropping anchor on the reefs. Photo: Supplied
There were seven or eight boats caught on camera dropping anchor on the reefs. Photo: Supplied

Speaking to The Phuket News today, Chief of the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Mr Worapot Lomlim, said, “We filed a litigation to all of the boat owners shown in the video to present themselves on Monday last week (Sept 11). We are still waiting for them to do so.

I will give them another couple of days. If they do not present themselves, we must obtain arrest warrants and find them,” he said.

We have done the litigation via the boat companies. However, none of them have presented themselves to us. They have also not been to place of the incident since when were passed the video,” he added.

Mr Worapot explained, “Some of the boats shown in the video came here to Phi Phi from Phuket, and some were from Krabi. But recently there have been very few boats coming due to the heavy rain. We will do our best to prosecute them according to law.

There were seven or eight boats that were identified from the video,” he confirmed.

The boat owners must first present themselves, and they must provide information on who was supervising the boats at the time of the incident. Then, we will prosecute the boat supervisors with evidence at the police station,” said Mr Worapot.

The video, dated September 3, showed a number of speedboats dropping their anchors as tourists snorkeled nearby.

The video was sent to Mr Worapot by The Phuket News on Monday last week. (See story here).

 

 

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malczx7r | 19 September 2017 - 13:07:35

Of course they are waiting for the people to turn themselves in, wouldn't want to have to do some work, like they had to wait for someone else to provide evidence, wouldn't want to get out of their AC offices to catch them themselves!

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BenPendejo | 18 September 2017 - 22:58:15

How lame is this..."Hey all you laws breakers, please come and see us so we can mete out some punishment".  How about getting off your ass and tracking them down...taking their boats out of commission, and prosecuting them to the full extent of the law?  What a concept...eh?  But no...not here.  Stuff like this is part and parcel a huge part of the problem.  Absolute NO RESPECT for laws or authority.  I'd be willing to bet these greedy abusers of the environment have been out every day since their violations...racking the bucks while they can.  This place will never change until the government starts hitting these clowns with heavy financial punishments....it is the ONLY thing that these people understand.

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Kurt | 18 September 2017 - 21:31:17

No show for 1 week already?
Not taken in already for questioning, and charging according film/photo evidence?
Why are these boats not yet confiscated/forbidden to sail out?
Thai officials know damn well that these culprits not come in voluntarily.
Law enforcement in Thailand doesn't work by asking culprits to show up.
At least you order them to report within 24 hours time!
Cuprits choose the thai way to act. Duck in, remain a short time below the horizon, and the whole thing goes over.
Arrest warrants should have handed out already, if the thai officials take them self serious in their job.
Until now these boat drivers just laugh about the 'authorities'.
About the speedboat owners, are there registrated owners of these speed boats? (not talking about the boat drivers)
Why the owners not picked up already by authorities for questioning?

What can we expect? Well, soon seeing photos again of again dropped anchors at coral locations.

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