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Two arrested in Phuket after French tourist killed by speedboat propeller
Eakkapop Thongtub

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The captain fled to Phuket after his speedboat propeller struck and killed French tourist Sylvie Thietau. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

PHUKET: -- A French tourist was killed instantly during a snorkelling day trip off Poda Island, Krabi, today (Jan 5) when she was struck in the head by a speedboat propeller.

“Sylie Thietau, 52, died instantly when the propeller of the speedboat So Cool 1, of the Amazing Canoeing Group Co Ltd, struck her head. She died at the scene,” said Col Sompong Tiparpakul, Chief of the Krabi Town Police.

Ms Thietau’s husband was on the day trip with her at the time of the incident, he added.

“The speedboat did not stop, but instead fled to Phuket,” said Col Sompong. “But Phuket Police and Marine Police tracked the boat to Ao Por (on Phuket’s east coast).”

At Ao Por, officers arrested Myanmar national Maling El, 26, a crewman on the the speedboat, Capt Suchart Luecha of the Thalang Police confirmed to The Phuket News.

Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/two-arrested-in-phuket-after-french-tourist-killed-by-speedboat-propeller-55686.php

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-- Phuket News 2016-01-06

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Speedboat kills French tourist
The Nation

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PHUKET: -- A TOUR company employee was arrested yesterday afternoon after the speedboat he was on hit and killed a French tourist off Koh Poda in Krabi’s Muang district and then fled the scene.

The owner of the speedboat accompanied the captain, identified as Notin Suebsak, 29, who surrendered to police later yesterday.

The victim, a 52-year-old French woman, was snorkelling above a coral bed with five of her relatives when the boat sped through the area, reportedly despite hand-signal warnings that there were swimmers in the water. The woman sustained serious head wounds from boat propeller and died instantly.

After identifying the tour company speedboat, authorities alerted Phuket police who found the boat at the pier, impounding it and arresting the crew member.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Speedboat-kills-French-tourist-30276221.html

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-- The Nation 2016-01-06

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RIP. Nice to see the Capt. showed concern....FOR HIMSELF!

Brutal human being.

Some questions not answered by the report:1. who was at the helm at the time of the incident? 2. what role did the capt play in fleeing the scene (if he was not at the helm)? 3. what charges will be brought (if any)?

We safe. Thailand safe.

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I am sure that the police will come to this conclusion = it was the Burmese crewman who was sailing, and not the Thai Captain.........

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So he didn't even stop to help the touris but instead tried to escape the scene.

Yesterday i saw a documentary about Myanmar on tv, they are buddhist and there was a fishermen who wanted to stop fishing because it felt bad for him to take the lives of fish to make a living. What a huge difference.

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Fleeing the scene, particularly in a maritime situation should be a heavy mandatory jail term.

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TAT: "Come to Thailand where safety is no consideration".

R.I.P Ms Thietau

If the map is correct then they were in open water.

Did the tour operator have any safety measures in place so boats would know people were in the water -- like a diver flag?

Was the speed boat violating any laws/rules by being too close to the tourist boat?

Come on reporter .............. report!

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It was the Burmese crew member who did it! bad Burmese!

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the boat sped through the area, reportedly despite hand-signal warnings that there were swimmers in the water.

If this is in fact true ..... then this guy needs to go to jail for at least 6-8 years.

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If it's true that they were speeding over corals and that he ignored people waving, it's a very very serious offense. If additionally they fled the scene, there can be no excuses.

I hope the judges will do what is expected of them in a situation like this, including dealing with the captain.

Condolescences to the husband and relatives, who must have seen hell.

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....what passes as human....

...murder......hit and run......

...an apology and a 500 baht fine....???

...then let's cry out for more quality tourists for slaughter.....

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I say scrap the boat, or confiscate it and sell it.

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Maritime law is very specific the Captain (Master) is responsible for anything that happens on a vessel and this Burmese crew member, even if "driving" the boat is not the one liable

Same with the owner, since the reason the term Master is used is because the Captain is acting for the owner, as the Master of the vessel

But the police have their man so I see little chance of Maritime Law being invoked in Thailand , when you have a scapegoat in custody why bother with the niceties of the law of the sea

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