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16 April 2010 :: 17:04:01 pm 18361

Potentially Hazardous Containers Wash-up Near Pattaya

Fisherman and local residents in the area off the coast of U-Taphao near Pattaya have discovered 14 mysterious containers washed up on the beach and floating at sea which appear to contain a potentially dangerous and unknown chemical substance.
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Rayong Bay, the 15th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: On Thursday, Vice Admiral Khanet Thongphoon (National Benefit Maintenance Maritime Operation Center 1 Director) received reports from Mr. Khaun-yuen Luenngern [48] and various other fishermen in the Rayong Bay area that up to 14, 1,000 liter, containers had been discovered floating in the sea off the U-Taphao and Phayoon Beaches in the Rayong Bay. The containers reportedly contained an unknown liquid substance with a smell typical of high grade diesel or heavy full oil.

 

At approximately the same time that reports surfaced of the mysterious chemical containers appearance, Mr. Thaweep Thanomsuk [46] another local fisherman, signaled that he had rescued 4 Thai boat crew from a ship that had allegedly sunk after hitting rocks at an unknown location in the Rayong Bay.

During the ensuing investigations into the matter, Rear Admiral Chaiyasit Yadee (First Naval Area Command Chief of Staff) contacted Mr. Thanomsuk in regards to the whereabouts of the sunken vessel and the possible causes. Mr. Thanomsuk explained that the boat had sunk due to it colliding with a known cluster of rocks situated in the Rayong Bay, just of the U-Taphao beach.     

 

A team of salvage experts, including members from the Baan Chang Police, Pollution Control Department, National Maritime Police and Rayong Marine Transportation department have been dispatched to the scene to investigate the incident further. The potentially dangerous chemical containers have now been held in police custody as evidence whilst an examination of the contents is expected to commence shortly.

Several of the containers that had been dragged to the beach were found to be leaking, as such, if investigations conclude that the chemical is harmful to the environment or residents of the area, judicial proceedings will commence against the owners of the vessel as well as the captain in charge of the boat.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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