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A near-catastrophe unfolded yesterday when the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) ship HTMS Chon Buri inadvertently discharged its weapon, firing at another naval ship, HTMS Khirirat, inflicting accidents to 14 sailors aboard HTMS Khirirat.

HTMS Chon Buri docked at Laem Thian Pier throughout the Sattahip Naval Base in Chon Buri province, had simply accomplished coaching on March 13. Whereas the vessel emerged unscathed from a lot of the workouts, a malfunction occurred in its essential gun, leading to a 76mm spherical changing into lodged within the barrel.

On the day of the accident, yesterday, March 14, RTN technicians had been working to take away the bullet from the principle gun when the gun unintentionally fired and hit the close by docked naval ship, HTMS Khirirat.

The capturing at point-blank vary precipitated an explosion and fireplace, injuring 14 sailors who had been standing by on the deck of the ship. RTN officers managed to manage the hearth and rushed the injured officers to Somdech Phra Nangchao Sirikit Hospital.

RTN spokesperson Weerudom Muangjeen reported that HTMS Khirirat sustained minor injury to its rear however insisted that the ship remained able to working regardless of the injury.

Channel 3 reported that eight sailors had been discharged from the hospital whereas the others stay underneath remedy. RTN Commander Adung Phan-iam insisted that the situation of the six officers was not severe. A lot of the officers suffered from smoke suffocation and that they’d recuperate quickly

Security procedures

Adung said that he had ordered his subordinates to conduct an investigation into the reason for the unintentional capturing and report back to him inside three days.

Adung additionally talked about that he would chorus from discussing the reason for the accident at current to keep away from issues and misunderstandings, urging the media to await an intensive investigation.

MGR On-line reported that the accident may need occurred attributable to a failure to comply with coaching and security procedures. HTMS Chon Buri was required to dock at the pier of the Naval Ordnance after coaching as a result of the placement was remoted from the residential neighborhood and had no different ships at the dock.

On the Naval Ordnance’s pier, technicians had been tasked with inspecting and rectifying any malfunctions earlier than the ship returned to its essential pier. Nonetheless, HTMS Chon Buri disregarded these security protocols and opted to move again to its essential dock, Laem Thian Pier, instantly after coaching.

Based on media reviews, throughout restore operations, the gun barrel ought to be positioned at an angle of over 45 levels from the horizontal to allow any unintentional pictures to be fired into the sky. It seems that on this occasion, the barrel could have been left at a horizontal angle, ensuing within the shot being discharged in direction of a close-by ship.

MGR On-line additional said that this incident marked the primary prevalence within the historical past of the RTN the place Thai naval vessels had fired upon one another.

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