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Tourist who sat on Protected Thai Coral Reef May Face 10-Year Sentence, 1 Million Baht Fine

A tourist in Thailand stands to face a 10-year prison sentence with a possibility of a 1 million baht ($31,000) fine after he uploaded an underwater photo of himself sitting on a protected coral reef, off the coast of Khoh Khram Noi in Eastern Thailand.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in Thailand has since filed an official complaint against the accused Wisutr Rattanasathian, following which the 45-year old turned himself over to the police.

In the picture, Rattanasathian is sitting on a coral reef called the Porites Lutea which is protected under the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act.

According to Vice World News, this comes as Thailand continues to take increasingly stringent measures to safeguard its marine life after 77% of its coral reefs were reported to have been damaged over the years.

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