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Phuket police to question foreign yacht owner for dropping anchor on coral

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday (Dec 21) filed a report to Chalong Police after the local conservation group Go Eco Phuket forwarded them video footage showing a yacht dropping anchor onto coral reefs at Bungalow Bay at Koh Racha Yai on Wednesday (Dec 20).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 22 December 2017, 04:52PM

Director of the DMCR Phuket office Watcharin Thintalang told The Phuket News today, “This yacht dropped anchor into the ocean and seriously damaged the coral.

“Police have received my complaint already. I am looking forward to teaching the people who done this a lesson. I am confident police will do their job,” he said.

Lt Col Kanan Somrak of Chalong Police confirmed, “We have identified the boat [Aquaholic] in the incriminating footage, the boat belongs to 61-year-old Dutch national Marcellinus Simon Hendrikus Maria Smit. I will talk with him regarding the charges he will face soon.”

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Mr Watcharin added, “This is very bad behavior, the person responsible will face either not more than one year in jail or a fine not more than B100,000.

“We will continue to observe for incidents such as this following orders from DMCR Director-General Jatuporn Buruspat who sees the importance of conserving Phuket’s environment,” he said.



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BenPendejo | 24 December 2017 - 00:06:01

Gotta love the indignance of Khun Watcharin now that he caught himself self a farang (maybe). We still haven't heard any more about the "investigation" regarding the retard sitting on the coral, or maybe they found that it was all Thais involved, in which case it was likely just a "misunderstanding". I'm all for strict enforcement, but the lack of integrity of all Thai ...

Skeptik | 22 December 2017 - 22:07:58

One would hope that the catamaran in the picture, which is under power, was actually shown connected to the anchor via the chain through video images. The anchor pic could be from Bahamas and the Cat anywhere otherwise! 
Zero evidence to gain a conviction on this basis, maybe there was more 'evidence', unless of course its just revenue, in which case none of the facts matter.

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