CALLS FOR JUSTICE IN PHUKET BOAT DISASTER
Families are demanding an investigation after at least 48 Chinese tourists died when giant waves caps is ed a boat off of Phuk et .“Icanh ear the voice of my daughter screaming. You can see that nobody wore life jackets," said a grieving mother as she showed a video by her daughter to a reporter. Survivors say the boat operators ignored weather conditions and didn't require life vests, and that the boat lacked adequate emergency escape routes. “It’s shaking violently, and I’m feeling very dizzy. I want to go ashore immediately,” passenger Chen De Qiong, thought tobe among the dead, mess aged her family during the incident. Both of her children she was on holiday with are also feared dead, but only the body of her daughter has been found so far. The woman's sister was inconsolable: “How would you feel about it? Which family can bear such a blow ?" she told the
South China Morning Post. "There are loopholes everywhere that caused this tragedy... I just want to seek justice for my family. This is not a natural disaster. This tragedy is man-made and could have been avoided." Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit W on gsuwanw as slammed online after he blamed the accident on Chinese tour operators: "This accident was entirely Chinese harming Chinese. The boats were theirs, and they ignored warnings and insisted on sailing out to sea. We weren' t responsible for that – they were. They have to resolve this themselves."