Park pursues truck drifters on 'underwater wedding' beach

A pick-up truck is shown 'drifting' on Chao Mai beach in Si Kao district, Trang. (Photo from @khontai.com1991 Facebook account)

TRANG - Chao Mai National Park officials have asked police to arrest the drivers of two pick-up trucks who posted video of themselves performing aggressive driving stunts on a beach internationally known for its annual underwater wedding ceremony.

Park chief Narong Kong-ead on Saturday ordered officials to lodge a complaint with Si Kao police station, asking police to take legal action against the drivers of the two vehicles.

The location where two pick-up trucks making a drift. (Google map)

They were accused of violating the National Park Act by driving in an area off-limits for visitors without authorisation.

The complaint was based on a video clip posted on a Facebook account on Thursday, showing the two vehicles 'drifting' - skidding violently in circles - on Chao Mai beach in Si Kao district. One of the messages read "It's fun and nobody can stop us." The clip was later removed.

If found guilty, they could be fined up to 20,000 baht and imprisoned for up to five years, or both, under the park law.

Mr Narong said the men's actions damaged the reputation and beauty of the beach, and disturbed other visitors.

Chao Mai beach is a famous beauty spot where brides and grooms submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea to tie the knot.

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