Illegal Seastead Found In The Coast Of Phuket

Every water activity in Thailand including yacht charter in Phuket must be legally registered as per the rules of the country but recently an illegal seastead was discovered by the Third Naval Area Command. This is what prompted them to file a police complaint in order to bring to attention the presence of a floating living platform located at the coast of Phuket with a distance of 12 nautical miles. The practice is quite common is called seasteading.

The complaint, according to a reliable source, was made against an American husband with a local wife. The report was filed by the staff judge working for the command base and was submitted to Phuket’s Witch police station last month.

The American husband is Chad Andrew Elwartowski while the local wife is Supranee Thepdet whose English name was discovered to be Nadia Summer girl. The complaint is with regards to the violation of the Criminal Code Section 119.

The section pertains to any acts that led to the nation or its part to be subjected under sovereignty of another foreign nation or when the independence of a state is threatened to be eliminated. The punishment for the crime, if found guilty, is life imprisonment or even death.

According to the source, the officers were able to find evidence that the couple is trying to set up their very own state, independent of Thailand. If this act is proven to be true, it will have a negative impact on the shoreline of the nation.

The source said that the Marine Department’s regional brand have already been notified to take action and remove the seastead from its location. They cannot risk leaving it where it is because it will present risks to ship navigation since it is the same route used by some ships when importing oil to Phuket.

The couple has claimed that the seastead as located outside the maritime territory of Thailand but it was denied by the source. As with any sea activity such as yacht charter in Phuket, any company or individual must answer to the rules set by the province and the country as a whole to avoid legal implications.