BANGKOK – The Thai authorities have searched a floating home in the Andaman Sea of an American man and his Thai partner who wanted to be pioneers in the "seaeading" movement that promotes life be free of the laws of a country in international waters. The Thai Navy said they endangered national sovereignty, a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death.
The Navy has filed a lawsuit with the police on the southern holiday island of Phuket.
Chad Elwartowski said on Thursday in an e-mail he and Supranee Thepdet did nothing.
The couple, who had been hiding, lived part-time on a small structure that she said was anchored outside the Thai territorial waters, just over 12 nautical miles from the shore. The Thai authorities say they have withdrawn Elwartowski's visa.