Navy launches crackdown on drunk sailors

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The Sattahip Naval Base has launched a crackdown on on-duty drinking after a drunk sailor was involved in a hit-and-run that cost a young girl her leg.

Capt. Wirath Somjit, chief of the Naval Inspection Department, ordered Cmdr Phutpan Sila-art to inspect shops and restaurants around the base area and set up more checkpoints to prevent drinking and driving during official hours.

No businesses were found to be selling booze during restricted times, but officials promised regular checks to ensure it stays that way.

The crackdown came after Seaman Somkiet Mukdakul, 29, hit a motorbike causing critical injuries to both Pranee Jirawongtaworn, 46, and her 4-year-old daughter.

A sailor is stopped at an inspection station on his way in to the base, as part of the Navy’s crackdown on on-duty drinking.A sailor is stopped at an inspection station on his way in to the base, as part of the Navy’s crackdown on on-duty drinking.

It was a hit and run situation, but the driver did not get very far as the bike was stuck under the truck. Photos of the accident, after which the girl’s leg was amputated, went viral on social media.