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Volunteers and coastal patrol officials pick up oil from a beach on Koh Racha Yai off the coast of Phuket.

The aftermath of the oil spill on Phuket Island is planned to be addressed within a few days.

The Minister of Environment has directed responsible parties to expedite the investigation into identifying the source of oil stains found on the beaches of the western part of Phuket on Friday, August 4.

Volunteers and coastal patrol officials pick up oil from a beach on Koh Racha Yai off the coast of Phuket.

As per the information provided by the Thai Navy, the repercussions of the oil spill are being felt along the coasts of Phuket and Phang Nga provinces, covering a span of approximately 100 km – from Khao Lak in the north to Racha Yai Island in the south. Oil products have also been detected within the protected areas of Sirinat National Park. On August 7 alone, around 2 tons of crude oil and contaminated marine debris were collected both on land and at sea.

Thai Navy and the marine debris and oil products they have collected on the beaches of Phuket and Phang Nga

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources is collaborating with relevant agencies to clean up the oil and collect evidence to identify the vessel from which it was discharged.

The perpetrator will face charges under Article 119 of Thailand's Maritime Navigation Act within its waters, which entails a maximum of 3 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in addition to covering the costs of mitigating pollution consequences.

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