Thai police said on Thursday that they accused two captains of negligence over the shipwreck of two ships on Thursday in sea waters in southern Thailand that left 42 dead and 14 missing.
The captain of the boat Phoenix was accused of negligence that led to deaths and the captain of the boat Serenita was accused of negligence that caused physical and mental harm to other people.
Both boats overturned on Thursday in rough waters near the coast of Phuket Island with more than 130 tourists and crew aboard, of which 127 were Chinese. The governor of the province of Phuket, Norraphat Plodthong, confirmed that all the dead and missing passengers were Chinese.
During a press conference held today in Chalong Pier, Major General Theerapol Thipcharoen, a Phuket police captain, said the authority summoned the two captains to continue investigating the cause of the accident.
Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said the Thai government has paid close attention to the rescue efforts and added that the government will not give up searching for the disappeared and will bring legal responsibilities.
According to Lyu Jian, China’s ambassador to Thailand, Chinese personnel will join the investigation of the Thai authorities. The ambassador asked the Thai government to improve the tourism environment and management to strengthen China-Thailand tourism cooperation in the future.
Two rescue teams from China joined the Thai army today to search for the missing. According to the governor, rescue teams from both countries conduct underwater searches in the vicinity of the Phoenix. The Thai Navy and Air Force search from the air and in the sea.
So far more than 50 Chinese have arrived in Phuket to identify their relatives killed in the accident and to take care of their injured relatives.
Source: Spanish Xinhuanet