Drunk captain’s license suspended after running boat aground on Pattaya Beach

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A drunk tour boat captain has had his license suspended after driving his double-deck vessel onto Pattaya Beach, scattering tourists unlucky enough to be in his path.

Khampa Artmala, 50, was found too intoxicated to communicate late July 20 after people reported a large boat had grounded on the beach and its engine left running for three hours.

Marine Department officials said Khampa had no previous record of violating maritime laws or regulations, so his license was suspended for six months. However, if he commits another offense, it will be revoked, they said.

In a drunken stupor, Khampa Artmala ran his boat aground on Pattaya Beach, causing people to scatter.In a drunken stupor, Khampa Artmala ran his boat aground on Pattaya Beach, causing people to scatter.

The boat was taken for inspection and is only allowed to be moved in a restricted distance. It is prohibited from operating or taking any customers.

After the inspection is over and repairs are completed, the boat will be returned to its owner.