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21 February 2010 :: 16:02:33 pm 13816

PEA Offer Measly Out-of-Court Settlement Over Elephant Death

Following the electrocution of the elephant Saeng-jun, on 23rd of January 2010, the Provincial Electricity Authority has offered the owner a unbelievably low out-of-court settlement that is less than a quarter of the mammals actual value.
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Pattaya 21st February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] To recap the incident, on 23rd January an elephant Saeng-jun [50] was being ridden by her owner in the rain after just having had a medical. The owner Mr. Uay Yuirum [61] felt a surge of electricity through his leg prior to being thrown from his elephant as she collapsed by the side of a high voltage electricity post in Na Jomtien.

Following complaints of similar incidents that were reported to the camp owner which had never been resolved, Mr. Yuirum believes his elephant’s death was caused by the electrical fault which has left him with a debt of approximately 700,000 baht.  He required the institute to respond to the death of his elephant stating that the next incident could result in the death of another elephant or worse a tourist.

The electrical post was examined by the Electricity Authority, but they failed to find a fault.  However, on a second inspection by a private company engaged by the Nern Na Jomtien Elephant Camp, it was found a couple of posts were live with readings of up to 200 volts.

Subsequently, the mahouts, elephant owners and local residents formed a petition which was recently presented to the Provincial Electrical Authority requesting immediate action on the findings to prevent further accidents and deaths.

Police Lieutenant Anon Inphorng, who was present at the inspections, informed Mr. Yuirum that the death of his elephant was now a civil case. He went on to say Mr. Yuirum was now entitled to proceed with the case against the Electrical Authority in order to gain compensation for the loss of his elephant, loss of earnings, and for breaking his leg.

To date, Mr. Ekachai, the General Manager of the Elephant Camp stated that the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) had sent him a letter requesting the camp to erect a fence around the dangerous area to prevent a further accident. The camp has refused this request as it would cause a bad image to tourists. The fence would imply the area as not being safe and that the PEA should be responsible and repair all the poles and wires.

However, Mr. Ekachai said suing the PEA is the responsibilities of the elephant owner. The camp is still paying the owner of the elephant a salary until the matter is resolved.

The Provincial Electricity Authority, (PEA) area Central 2, Chonburi, Jomtien Division has offered the owner of the elephant an out-of-court settlement of merely 100,000 baht to drop any civil suit against them. This amount at present is believed to have been rejected by the owner who will now have to sue the PEA in order to gain compensation for the total cost of the elephant and any money lost as a result of his unemployment.


The Provincial Electricity Authority is a government enterprise under the Ministry of Interior. They are responsible for upgrading the quality of life and supporting other developments in rural areas. PEA made a statement that they have developed and applied modern technology to electricity supplies and distribution dispatching systems in order to improve the systems quality, efficiency and reliability.

The organization has applied the Quality Standard Management System to its total work areas which had been certified by ISO 9002 in 2001

The PEA’s Three Major Objectives:

1.  To continue to improve its provision and distribution services of electrical energy to customers; to achieve the highest possible level of sufficiency, efficiency and reliability in power distribution commensurate with safety practices; to meet the timely need of customers; and to keep pace with changing circumstances.

[There does not seem to have been a lot, if anything, done in the line of improvements. Are they going to wait until another accident happens? Perhaps this time involving a human, worse still a tourist? Why have they asked the elephant camp to cordon of the area instead of repairing or replaces the fault?]

2.  To optimize its business and operations in order to be more profitable and thereby achieve sufficient revenues to facilitate further developments. 

[A lot of improvement is required before the PEA is at its best and until this is done it cannot hope to be more profitable.]

3.  To develop its organizational structure, man power and resource management in order to achieve the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness.

[They have no standards and are not efficient so therefore cannot be effective]

Warina Punyawan
Related News :

Another Pattaya Elephant Dies Through Electrocution

A Pattaya elephant is suspected of being electrocuted to death at a popular Elephant Camp in Na Jomtien, Pattaya. The owner and his elehpant had recently been for a medical check-up at the camp when the unfortunate incident occured.

Private Investigation: Pattaya Elephant Died of Electrocution

An investigation into the recent death of Saeng-jun an elephant from the Nern Na Jomtien Elephant Camp has revealed the cause of death to be electrocution.

Electrical Authority Acts Over Pattaya Elephant Death Case

The Provincial Electricity Authority has acted on the independent investigation conducted by the Nern Na Jomtien Elephant Camp, which proved that the death of one of their elephants, Saeng-jun, was a result of electrocution.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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