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I live on the island they have been languishing in cells now for at least a week that surely is punishment enough go to Koh Tao the fish are all around you it’s hard not to touch them when they nip you . Any divers reading this will be thinking very hard about coming to Thailand to dive you can see by the pictures all they are guilty of is picking up a sea cucumber would they have treated these guys any differently had they been involved in the cave rescue of those boys or when Raja Ferry 4 sank and foreign divers went to help .

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3 minutes ago, PEE TEE said:

if they were thai divers this would not posted ,yet you can have your photo taken on the beach or around the nightlife with a beautiful doped up lizard  .double standards again. remember the lady who fed the fish with bread and got done for it. well done Thailand NOT  

Been a few in Phuket over the years

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7 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

Was it a protected area.......

regards Worgeordie

According the the original report, yes. 

They quote "Touching wildlife there warrants a 100,000 baht fine or a year in jail or both"."  

"They face a year in jail or 100,000 baht fine or both after it was determined they were in a protected area"

 

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7 minutes ago, crazykopite said:

I live on the island they have been languishing in cells now for at least a week that surely is punishment enough go to Koh Tao the fish are all around you it’s hard not to touch them when they nip you . Any divers reading this will be thinking very hard about coming to Thailand to dive you can see by the pictures all they are guilty of is picking up a sea cucumber would they have treated these guys any differently had they been involved in the cave rescue of those boys or when Raja Ferry 4 sank and foreign divers went to help .

More fool the foreign divers, next time let the Thai's get on with it, you are not appreciated and at the drop of a hat you can get banged up

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17 hours ago, 2 is 1 said:

And whitout farang divers , Thai boys still be in that cave! Dead!

There's certainly not much diving in the caves of Chiang Rai. 

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1 minute ago, Jimbo2014 said:

Thailand is the lead plastic polluter in the World.  Its treatment of the ocean and over tourism on the coast is appalling.  These guys pick up a few bits of sea life and their lives are ruined! - why not accept their apology and use them to promote good practice and safe diving.

I agree the punishment seems to be very harsh, but these are two experienced divers that have been living out here for several years. So, do you think they are going to be forgiven for an apology when they must have known what the consequences would be for their own actions? If it was some tourists that didn't know better, then  i'm sure an apology would have been accepted.

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