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Sea-gypsies arrested in national park released on bail

Koh hae, also known as "Coral Island" in Phuket

Koh hae, also known as "Coral Island" in Phuket, Thailand. Photo: Endrjuch.

PHUKET, 10th Jan 2018 (NNT) – Sirinat National Park authorities have confirmed they were only enforcing regulations when they arrested a group of Chaolay Rawai sea-gypsies for fishing within park boundaries, with the ethnic group members now released on bail.

The Chaolay Rawai Facebook page reported that six members of the ethnic group were arrested by Sirinat National Park officials after stopping to rest in park waters. They had recently returned from a fishing expedition off the coast of Phang Nga province. It said all six were released on bail but one had to be sent to hospital due to an existing medical condition.

Full story: NNT

Reporter: Itiporn Lakarnchua
National News Bureau of Thailand