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Television plug suspected in B280mn Phuket superyacht fire

Television plug suspected in B280mn Phuket superyacht fire

PHUKET: Police conducting the initial investigation into the inferno that gutted the Phuket-based superyacht Lady D this week believe that a television plug in a living area on the yacht may be responsible.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 9 August 2019, 05:02PM

The news was handed down by Col Kitisat Noopeung of the Phuket Provincial Police Scientific Crime Detection Division and Thalang Police Chief Col Theerawat at a meeting held at Provincial Hall yesterday (Aug 8) to review the initial details of the investigation.

Investigation officers has asked the Philippines-born Myanmar national Sit Ong Somit, who was responsible for taking care of the yacht when the fire broke, to point out where the fire started, and other areas on the yacht, Col Theerawat said.

“From initial investigation, the fire started from the living room where a television plug was plugged in,” Col Theerawat explained.

However, it was not clarified whether Sit Ong Somit was actually on the yacht when the fire started, or why a small electrical fire was not immediately extinguished.

The ensuing fire gutted nearly the entire boat, including two small boats with engines (believed to be the superyachts tenders) as well as a jet-ski, and the onboard gym room, said Chatchet Thongruek, Ship Inspection Officer at the Phuket Marine Office.

However, he added, “After inspecting the damage, we found that the hull is still usable. But the equipment inside the boat must be replaced completely.”

The value of the superyacht itself and the property inside was valued in total at about B280 million, Mr Chatchet added.

The Phuket Marine Office has transferred the 100,000 litres of fuel that was onboard the yacht for safety reasons, Mr Chatchet confirmed.

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R/Adm Withonrat Kotchasenee, Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, who had personnel assist in the firefighting efforts throughout Wednesday night, said that a “curtain” had been placed around the yacht to prevent oil leaks from causing any environmental damage.

The yacht now remains off Koh Thanan, off Phuket’s east coast, while the investigation continues.

The Lady D has used Phuket as a base for years, Mr Chatchet also told the meeting.

“The boat always follows port procedures. The boat is moved out of Thailand every six months and returns to the same place. Before it was moored at the marina (for its current stay), the yacht had just traveled back from Langkawi in Malaysia. The yacht owner comes to Thailand every six months,” Mr Chatchet said.

“This fire incident has become a great lesson for us because we have been shown our weaknesses in terms of equipment and human resources,” Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai told the meeting.

“The Phuket Government must say thank you for the cooperation from many officials who helped in responding to this incident,” he said.

“Officers are still investigating the cause of the fire. This investigation is continuing. Next Tuesday, we will discuss more about what we have learned from this case,” V/Gov Supoj said.


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Christy Sweet | 14 August 2019 - 11:47:00

My comments follow guidelines of not insulting other commentators.  If I denigrate sexpats  and someone takes it personally,  it's hardly my concern. And that's Ms. Sweet. Titling based on marriage status - for women only- is as sexist as it gets. 

DeKaaskopp | 13 August 2019 - 16:58:07

Ridiculous that a person who likes to insult a whole country and all kind of males,tourist or expats,would like to see comments not being approved.Mrs.S, I can assure you that many comments were not approved already.Sadly i get the feeling that your comments are somehow overlooked by the editor.

Christy Sweet | 13 August 2019 - 13:49:48

At one point not so long ago TPN editor proclaimed derogatory comments mentioning others by name would not be approved. Can we not get back to that sensible policy? it would cut out much of the more infantile comments.

Pascale | 12 August 2019 - 15:05:47

'The fantasy of Police officers is unlimited./ Officers are still investigating the cause of the fire"Time to call in Inspector K.,the sole expert on Phuket for all kinds of fire investigations.

CaptainJack69 | 11 August 2019 - 23:56:42

280mil boat and they can't afford 1000B for an RCBO breaker? I don't think so. Bet it was insured though wasn't it?...LOL

Kurt | 10 August 2019 - 21:42:30

A super yacht with a value of about 280 million thb, and such a yacht should have unsafe electric/tv plugs?  Give me a break. The fantasy of police officers is unlimited. Unbelievable.

Fascinated | 10 August 2019 - 10:12:44

Taxi driver kills people and STILL hasn't been prosecuted but a fire solved inside 48 hours. 'Incredible' police work!

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