The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket DMCR officials appeal for help in finding ‘coral sitting’ diver

PHUKET: Officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office have appealed to the public for any information that will help them identify and locate the diver captured in a photo sitting on coral at Racha Yai Island over the weekend.

tourism, Chinese, environment, marine, natural-resources, crime,


Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 13 December 2017, 05:43PM


The Phuket DMCR officials are seeking any information that will help them track down the 'coral sitting' diver. Photo: Go Eco Phuket
The Phuket DMCR officials are seeking any information that will help them track down the 'coral sitting' diver. Photo: Go Eco Phuket

The diver in question was caught sitting on a coral reef at Bungalow Bay, Racha Yai Island,while taking a photo.

Local marine conservation group Go Eco Phuket posted a photo of the diver on its Facebook page on Sunday (Dec 10), saying the offender was a Chinese tourist.

The group also posted the message, “Underwater network has run out of patience after trying to contact government offices to suppress tour companies on marine tourism and marine conservation issues since October.” (See story here.)

After three days, the DMCR’s investigation into the diver responsible has hit a dead end as they have insufficient information, said DMCR’s Resources Management Division official Nares Choophueng at a meeting today (Dec 13).

“We started our investigation into the diver pictured sitting on and damaging coral on Monday (Dec 11). In the picture a diver is sitting on already unhealthy coral, but the evidence is not enough to find the person guilty,” he said.

Watcharin Thintalang, Director of the DMCR Phuket office, said, “I feel regret about this case. We want anyone who wants to help save marine life and the environment to please send any information to DMCR’s Facebook page [click here].

C and C Marine

“In the present investigation, the information we have is not enough to identify the man. Also, the source is not available to reveal more information,” he added.

“We need cooperation from tour operators to not allow any activities that will cause damage to coral. We need support from people. If the source provides a clip which shows this diver’s face, it would help us to identify and arrest him,” he said.

“We want either a face, name of the tour operator or the name of the boat. We will protect any sources,” Mr Watcharin assured.

“I give you my word, I will protect all sources. You can also contact DMCR’s Line Group through the number 089-6470353.

"There will be no intimidation against any volunteers who give information to us. I know that some volunteers at Go Eco Phuket have been intimidated. Let’s do this together,” he said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket’s infrastructure needs addressing, says Minister of Tourism and Sports

We call it mismanagement in long term planning. Slowing all private developments and accelerate all governmental investments to cope with better road...(Read More)


Campaign to help destitute and impoverished launched in Phuket

Why rich Thailand has homeless & begging people? We have a filthy rich army Junta. Improve the country's image? Be a example, Junta. Let t...(Read More)


B1.5mn budget approved to clean Koh Kaew canals, drains

To make it effective, you have to do this twice a year. It is called: maintenance. Oh, do it everywhere! The photos of serious looking officials ...(Read More)


Chinese tourist dies in fall after rooftop party at luxury Phuket villa

Why is there no safety railing. 20 meters above ground. The builder and local government should be held accountable for this avoidable death....(Read More)


Phuket’s infrastructure needs addressing, says Minister of Tourism and Sports

The Minister talked about matters that we, Residents, already know many years about Phuket. So, who is the Minister bringing to Phuket for driving And...(Read More)


Phuket’s infrastructure needs addressing, says Minister of Tourism and Sports

At last someone has noticed! Of course a better solution would be to tear up the current mass market cheap tourism approach and instead focus on low n...(Read More)


Phuket’s infrastructure needs addressing, says Minister of Tourism and Sports

To be honest, it's too little too late. Phuket is urgently requiring better infrastructure. Just getting around the Island is proving to be diffic...(Read More)


Chinese tourist dies in fall after rooftop party at luxury Phuket villa

2 Chinese tour bus crashes, one dies in the underpass and then this, and the week has not even ended. Surprised no Chinese have drowned yet this week....(Read More)


Darasamut Underpass to close tomorrow for signal light maintenance

Well hopefully it's to remove the stupid things, since they're completely redundant now that the centre lane is permanently closed because peo...(Read More)


Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site

No wonder it seems that street maintenance or constructions (construction site hedging) are not proper marked and early far enough so motorists have t...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.