Oil slicks threatens Phuket seashores, authorities search culprits

In the Thalang district of Phuket island, the attractive scenery was marred by the sudden look of oil slicks and tar balls along four seashores. These are being fastidiously faraway from the shoreline of the Sirinat National Park by a combination of residents and authorities. Sneak peek started on Friday after an alert was raised by the Layan Beach station chief.
Several beaches, including Nai Yang, Mai Khao, Nai Thon, and Layan, had been swept by the oil slick and related deposits, thus sparking concern amongst park authorities. The sighting was further corroborated by resort staff from the well-known Angsana Laguna Hotel, who noticed an unlucky sea turtle hatchling, covered in crude oil on Bang Tao Beach. The Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre received the news and swiftly acted to aid the distressed turtle.
The team at Sirinat National Park, led by park chief Sorasak Rananan, embarked on an expedition to rid the beaches of the oil slick. With the help of residents and lifeguards, the mission to take away the oil continued until yesterday. In the interest of safety, vacationers have also been advised towards visiting these four seashores.
Moreover, the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre (Thai-MECC) in Phuket deputy director, Captain Krit Kluebmat, shared that similar oil slicks had been observed in Phang Nga’s Khok Kloi, located north of Phuket. The maritime route information between Phang Nga and Phuket over the past seven days is currently under examination by the Phuket Marine Office, as investigators aim to pinpoint the source of the oil.
A formal complaint has also been lodged with the Sakhu Police compelling them to pursue and apprehend the perpetrators of this environmental offence. Captain Pichet Songtan, in his capability because the director of the Thai-MECC Region 3’s Public Affairs Division, dispatched groups to the oil-swept seashores to remove the oil slicks and gather samples for lab testing to ascertain the sort of oil present.
Visitors have been asked to stay vigilant about the oil slicks that reach across many kilometres, starting from tambon Khuekkhak within the Takua Pa district of Phang Nnga, all the greatest way down to Patong Beach in Phuket. The Royal Thai Navy initiated a helicopter-based inspection to look out for oil on the water’s floor, although none was found..

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