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Boat owner to sell his property to raise fund to help boat accident victims

The owner of the ill-fated double-deck boat which sank in the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya province resulting in the death of 28 passengers by drowning has promised to help families of the dead victims for humanitarian reason.

Mr Sunthorn Pansuathong, owner of Sombat Mongkolchai, said he would sell the boat, a boat of his brother and a land plot belonging to his sister to raise fund to help compensate families of the 28 victims.

Sunthorn on Thursday went to Phra Nakhon Sri-ayudhya court to acknowledge the criminal charges filed against him by the police � charges that he denied.

The boat owner said he properly registered the boat with the Nonthaburi harbor office on June 8 and also paid insurance fees to officials at the office. However, after the boat accident on Sunday, he contacted the same office enquiring about the insurance but was told that the boat was not insured.

He said he would like to know where his insurance money had gone and how come his boat was registered and a license issued.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj Thanat Saeng-arun, the enquiry officer, confirmed that license had been issued for the boat but he had no information about the insurance fees.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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