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Phoenix finally risen from seabed

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.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 17 November 2018, 05:17PM

The Phoenix being raised earlier today (Nov 17). Photo: Surachate Hakparn

The Phoenix being raised earlier today (Nov 17). Photo: Surachate Hakparn

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.

At the conference room, Mr Li Chun Foo, the Deputy Chinese Consul-General in Songkhla, and Director of the China Consulate-General in Phuket, represented Mr Lyu Jian, China's Ambassador to Thailand, came to listen to the progress of the Phoenix ship recovery.

Li Chau Foo said that the Chinese government is grateful to the Thai government for their dedication of human resources and budget in salvaging the Phoenix. The Chinese government understood the sincerity of the Thai government.

Gen Rungroj said of the progress of the salvage operations that the staff had used a sling and underwater equipment to pull the boat up to the level of one metre below water. And then a team of engineers and divers checked the condition of the boat. Once the vessel was agreed to be in an acceptable state, it was raised a further 30 centimetres before being checked again.

Once ready, the boat was finally pulled to the surface.


At each stage the emphasis was on maximum safety to the recovery team. No other personnel were allowed to enter into an area of 1km around the site. For transparency, each stage of the operation was captured on video by the Singaporean team.

Maj Gen Surachet said the Thai and Chinese officials had a close relationship. Establishing the cause of the sinking is what the government now deems of great importance in order to heal and show sincerity to relatives of those who died from this incident.

The Phoenix boat is an important testimony to be used as a source of information on the causes of the accident, the impact on the country and the tourism industry of Phuket.

Maj Gen Surachet and the recovery crew members mourned the deaths of the 47 dead, as the Phoenix wreck rose to the surface.

Once the Phoenix is in a state to be moved a 34 metre tow boat will tow the Phoenix to Rattanachai shipyard. The forensics team and experts from foreign countries will then conduct a detailed inspection of the ship.

Gen Rungroj said that on this Monday and Tuesday they will inspect the boat’s structure closely to find information and evidence to understand that the boat was properly constructed in accordance with regulations. This evidence will be presented to a court. The results of the legal proceedings will depend on the information the experts gather from examining the vessel.

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Rorri_2 | 19 November 2018 - 05:48:41

GerryT81, lighten up mate, your blood pressure is about to explode, besides, the comment was made in Thailand, which doesn't know racism, perhaps you should still be living in the "outback" away from the nasties of life.

DeKaaskopp | 18 November 2018 - 22:18:39

Seems like hinny mistakes the PN with a fanzine for the PYL or the UPF. Sadly the PN publishes his white supremacist rant.

DeKaaskopp | 18 November 2018 - 17:22:51

K,who says that the first salvage team got 10 million. They walked away from the job,so why should anyone pay them? The usual presuming without having any clue.

Pauly44 | 18 November 2018 - 17:13:53

Whats racist about it, its a fact Thai's are good at making somtam! At least in my country the death of 47 people would be taken seriously, not a dog and pony show due to rampant corruption just to lure back the tourism dollar, utterly disgraceful the way the Thai authorities have handled this! 

GerryT81 | 18 November 2018 - 16:41:54

"Only know how to make somtam". Keep your unintelligent racist hate speeches where they belong.Somewhere at the outbacks of your country.

Kurt | 18 November 2018 - 11:10:40

Actually, as I predicted ( knowing this foreign company, with branch in Thailand), besides preparation, the Phoenix lifting was done in less than 1 day!
Question remains: Were are the 10 million thb, paid to a 'self declared thai salvage firm' that fiddle around 4 months without delivering any result, besides the cost of life of one of their staff. Who authorized that 10K thai debacle?

Pauly44 | 18 November 2018 - 07:22:40

Only 6 months later after local failure now they're all patting themselves on the back, disgraceful. Thailand thinks it knows everything when they only know how to make somtam! Leave the real work to foreign professionals, salvage and cave rescue. 

Discover Thainess | 17 November 2018 - 17:56:13

I wonder if anyone will learn from this: thai company with basic equipment = failure. Foreign company with proper equipment = total success. Just think what could be done with construction, law enforcement, road traffic casualties etc when you seek experience from overseas. Come on thailand, it’s good to learn from friends!


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