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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing


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3 hours ago, smedly said:

no but they can stop people smoking on an open air beach who are using ashtrays with threats of huge fines and jail time, something seriously wrong with that 

The difference is, of course, in the case of the beach smoking ban, the law enforcement body would be fining tourists (think no local connections, no friends in Thai high places). In the case of enforcing marine safety, the law enforcement bodies would be penalising tour companies and boat owners (think entrenched local power and friends in all the relevant places from the police to the harbourmaster's department and so on).

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1 hour ago, leftorright said:

Right. Even ThaiVisa does not run the story in its main news window and, even after 40 having been confirmed dead, keeps filing it as a local thing. Quite a remarkable choice.

 

This story is in main Thai News

 

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And this story is in Local Phuket only news

 

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40 confirmed killed in Phuket boat accident, 16 still missing

You do a great job Thai Visa but sometimes we seem to lose perspective.

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Waves alone did not flip this ship over, maybe lack of maintenance and something happened. RIP 60 souls.

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25 minutes ago, Andaman Al said:

This story is in main Thai News

 

 

And this story is in Local Phuket only news

 

You do a great job Thai Visa but sometimes we seem to lose perspective.

Very good point, do you think it is perspective or more about pressure in terms of which stories need to remain quiet? 

As much as I have followed the other story this one is currently multiple times worse when you consider the loss. Poor people enjoying their holiday.

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4 hours ago, sgiandubh69 said:

So, severe weather warnings were clearly issued,  The operators disregarded this and the boats went out  Now 40 confirmed dead. Someone has some serious questions to answer. ‘Mai pen rai’ won’t work this time surely.

What makes you think anything will change? These preventable accidents occur annually. 

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It is weird that the first 6 stories on TV are about the cave incident. I had to come to Phuket news to find out summary and details....

 

It also won't get Thai coverage b/c it hurts the tourist image of Thailand. The Thai media will suppress it as much as possible.

 

It looks like the death total could be a high as 56 people. Missing at sea at a small known location equals only one thing...

 

Will the world cup officials offer the survivors anything? 

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4 minutes ago, cardinalblue said:

It is weird that the first 6 stories on TV are about the cave incident. I had to come to Phuket news to find out summary and details....

 

It also won't get Thai coverage b/c it hurts the tourist image of Thailand. The Thai media will suppress it as much as possible.

 

It looks like the death total could be a high as 56 people. Missing at sea at a small known location equals only one thing...

 

Will the world cup officials offer the survivors anything? 

Although the cave incident is an on going story with various sub stories and an unknown outcome that has been going on for two weeks now

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2 hours ago, quadperfect said:

Looking at the boats picture there is no way 5 meter waves overcame this boat. Something catastrophic happened.

My guess would be the engine room.Or all 100 passengers were on the leeward side and the boat blew over.

Load shifting its called.

 

It will have been a stability issue. Negative metacentric height caused either by a condition of loading or taking on water leading to free surface effect.

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Sad as it is   But  the cave thing as unfortunate as it is  is basically a local story

The boat deaths  should be an international one but Thai media will suppress why do think TV is not running with it ......Owned by Thai media

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Sad as it is   But  the cave thing as unfortunate as it is  is basically a local story
The boat deaths  should be an international one but Thai media will suppress why do think TV is not running with it ......Owned by Thai media
The cave story is far more than just a local story now - it's been a centre-piece of international news for a long time and will continue to be until there is an outcome. A boat tragedy, whether in Thailand, Philippines, or in the Med is, sadly, a not uncommon event.

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Just now, brewsterbudgen said:

The cave story is far more than just a local story now - it's been a centre-piece of international news for a long time and will continue to be until there is an outcome. A boat tragedy, whether in Thailand, Philippines, or in the Med is, sadly, a not uncommon event.

Sent from my SM-A500F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

On top of that, most people here on TVF are westerners and care about the western media, the victims here are Chinese, so only of marginal interest to the western world.

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Thais fear 'no chance' of more survivors from tourist boat, nearly 60 may be dead

 

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Thai Rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, after a boat capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sooppharoek Teepapan

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday in a search for 29 people missing after the sinking of a boat carrying Chinese tourists, with one official saying he feared "no chance" of any more survivors, which would mean a death toll of nearly 60.

 

The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket stood at 27, but the navy said divers had spotted "quite a few bodies" in the sunken vessel, the Phoenix.

 

The boat capsized in rough seas on Thursday with 105 people on board, 93 of them Chinese tourists along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides.

 

Television broadcast images of dozens of divers searching for the missing, while more rescuers waited on standby at a pier nearby. Seas were calm and skies clear on Friday.

 

"Right now, officials from the marine police and navy are helping to dive at the spot where the boat sank," Marine Police said in a statement.

 

"They are diving to a depth of about 40 metres (130 feet)."

 

A Marine Department official said there was probably "no chance" any more survivors could be found from inside the boat.

 

"A day and a night has passed," said the department's deputy director-general, Kritpetch Chaichuay.

 

Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to October, and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas, especially on its west coast on the Indian Ocean, where Phuket is located.

 

Police are investigating the incident. The boat, which went down about 7 km (5 miles) from shore, was properly registered and had not been overloaded, police said.

 

Tourist Police bureau deputy chief, Major General Surachate Hakparn, said in a post on Facebook tour operators had been warned about the severe weather.

 

"Be careful … nature is not a joke," Surachate wrote.

 

"The Tourist Police warned businesses in Phuket already to not take boats out from shore, but they violated this order by taking foreign tourists out," he said.

 

A representative of the operator of the boat, TC Blue Dream, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

 

'CLOSE ATTENTION'

 

Thailand has a poor record on road and boat safety. Many tour operators have complained about lax enforcement of basic safety measures, such as seatbelts in cars and lifejackets on boats.

 

Another boat sailing in the same area also capsized on Thursday but all 35 tourists, five crew and a guide on board were rescued, the Water Safety Department of the Harbour Department said.

 

The Chinese embassy in Bangkok said it had asked the Thai government to make all-out rescue efforts, and had sent a team to Phuket to help.

 

Chinese consulate staff in southern Thailand were on the scene helping its citizens, it said.

 

Chinese tourists make up the biggest number of foreign visitors to Thailand, their numbers surging in recent years, drawn by the growing popularity of the southeast Asian nation's islands.

 

In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman said China's top leaders, including President Xi Jinping, were paying close attention to the incident.

 

"China expresses gratitude for the active search and rescue efforts made by Thailand," the spokesman, Lu Kang, told a regular briefing.

 

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Additional reporting by Gao Liangping, Christian Shepherd and Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel)

 

 
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3 minutes ago, stevenl said:

On top of that, most people here on TVF are westerners and care about the western media, the victims here are Chinese, so only of marginal interest to the western world.

Well you like me are entitled to your opinion i have worked in the travel industry both here and elsewhere so obviously my concerns are different

Whist i wish all concerned well, many other families are today grieving through no fault of their own!

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