Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2015 Contents A40
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 9, 2015
BANGKOK---About 100 people, including
many foreign tourists, were rescued yes-
terday from a tour boat that caught fire
in the Andaman Sea off Thailand s south-
The accident occurred on the Ao Nang
Princess 5 ferry travelling from Krabi to
Phuket, two of Thailand s most popular
beach resort areas.
A 12-year-old Western child was missing
but was thought to have been picked up
by another boat that was going to Phuket.
The search was to continue today.
Most of the rescued passengers and crew,
totaling about 110, were taken to Krabi,
several miles from where the fire occurred.
Photos taken by rescuers, including the
Krabi Marine Police, showed the aban-
doned vessel burning down almost to the
waterline before sinking.
Police were investigating the cause of
the blaze, but the task would be difficult
because the vessel had sunk.
Thailand s tourist industry, which wel-
comes more than 20 million people a year,
has suffered a black eye in recent years
due to domestic political violence and sev-
eral high-profile killings and unexplained
accidental deaths of Westerners, but serious
marine accidents are uncommon. (AP)
North Korea accused Mexico yesterday
of illegally detaining one of its ships with
some 50 crew and warned it would take
"necessary measures" to release the ves-
sel, which United Nations sanctions mon-
itors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping
The 6,700-tonne freighter Mu Du Bong,
which had come from Cuba, ran aground
on a reef in July, 8 miles northeast of Tux-
pan in Mexico s Veracruz state. Satellite
shipping data shows the ship is still in the
port of Tuxpan.
North Korea s Deputy UN Ambassador
An Myong Hun said the Mu Du Bong was
not linked to the blacklisted firm, Ocean
Maritime Management Company, and
therefore not subject to UN sanctions.
He said North Korea had paid an undis-
closed sum to Mexico for damages to the
reef where the ship had run aground and
now the ship and its crew should be
"This ship is totally a peaceful and legit-
imate commercial ship which sails under
the direction of the Ministry of Land and
Sea Transportation," An said.
"The detention of Mu Du Bong is a ram-
pant violation of the dignified sovereignty
of the DPRK."
"We will take necessary measures to
make the ship leave immediately," he added.
However, Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of
the UN panel of experts that monitors
sanctions violations, said there was evi-
dence to prove the Mu Du Bong belonged
to the Ocean Maritime Management Com-
pany more "than any other vessel on the
Mexico s UN mission had no immediate
comment on the North Korean accusations.
Greed and corruption were to blame for the
sinking of a Russian trawler last week in which
at least 56 crew died, a spokesman for inves-
tigators said yesterday.
The Dalniy Vostok fishing vessel sank in the
icy Sea of Okhotsk off Russia s far eastern coast
last Thursday. Sixty-three people were rescued
out of a crew of 132 people, with 13 missing pre-
Many past Russian disasters have been blamed
on negligence or violation of safety regulations.
"There are no doubts that this is a crime at
the base of which lies the greed of the business-
men who owned the vessel and corrupt officials,"
Vladimir Markin, the Investigative Committee
spokesman, told Rossiya 1 television, TASS news
"Both the owner of this vessel and the captain
knew that in the petrol tanks there was a minimal
amount of fuel, the trawler s ability to right itself
Markin also said investigators had established
that there were not enough lifeboats on the
Dalniy Vostok for over 20 crew members.
"We know that on board there were a large
number of foreigners who were working there
illegally. We know who brought them in and by
what means," he said.
"We have concrete officials (in mind), whom
I won t name so they don t run away, but we
will bring them to justice." (Reuters)
About 110 people saved
from burning Thai tourist boat
'sunk by greed
North Korea warns will act to get back ship
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