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Four bull sharks sighted off beach south of Hua Hin

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Four bull sharks have been sighted in the sea near Khao Tao, near Wat Tham Khao Tao, about ten kilometres south of Hua Hin, by authorities conducting searches with patrol boats and drones.

Thipamas Upnoi, the director of the Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Centre at the Central Gulf of Thailand says the operation started yesterday and has so far located four sharks, believed to be bull sharks in the Gulf of Thailand seas off Khao Tao.

The operation follows publicity surrounding shark bites to a Norwegian tourist swimming near Hat Sai Noi. He sustained injuries to his leg and is now reported to be in a safe condition.

The sharks sighted off Khao Tao yesterday and today are between 1-2 metres, according to officials from the marine centre.

Bannarak Sermthong, director of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Office 4, says the sighting of sharks in the area is the indicator of good marine environment in the area.

Thai PBS reports that Khun Bannarak says authorities from the tourist police, civil disaster relief volunteers, district officials, jet skiers and soldiers have been involved in the investigation of the mystery attack to the Norwegian tourist – a mystery that now appears to have been solved.

At least 10 signs banning tourists from swimming in the area have been erected on the beach but some tourists have been ignoring the signs and swimming anyway, according to Bannarak.

A shark prevention net of approximately 300 metres wide with floating bouys has been erected 100 metres off Sai Noi beach to a depth of 20 metres to ensure safety for tourists swimming in the sea.

Yesterday noted marine biologist Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said the chance of a shark attack was one in 2 million, while a fatal shark attack was even less likely. Globally there were less than five people killed by shark attacks per year on average – about 1 in 1.8 billion chance (Wikipedia).

SOURCES: Thai PBS, The Nation, The Thaiger

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Strong surf hits Prachuap Khiri Khan beach

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Strong surf in Prachuap Khiri Khan

High waves, peaking at 2 to 4 metres, hit Prachuap Khiri Khan’s coastal beaches, gushing over the breakwater and flooding some spots of the beachside road.

Beachfront shops and restaurants have been temporarily closed while all on-water activities are prohibited in the affected areas. Over 100 fishing boats and small boats have moored in the areas around the Khao Ta Mong Lai Mountains to shelter from the strong winds.

Swimming and other water activities are prohibited at Bang Saphan district’s Ban Krut Beach, one of the province’s most popular tourist destinations, due to the dangerous conditions.

The Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor recently warned coastal residents about the potentially dangerous strong winds.

The Thai Meteorological Department issued warnings yesterday that the strong northeast monsoon that prevailed in the Gulf of Thailand and the South might cause strong winds and high waves.

SOURCE: Matichon Online

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Children injured on Hua Hin carnival ride, no safety certification submitted

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3 children were injured when a carnival ride malfunctioned at the Hua Hin Red Cross Festival in Prachuap Khiri Khan. The required safety certification was not submitted and local officials are investigating, according to Mayor Nopphon Wutthikul. Carnival rides now are closed for the duration of the festival.

“Preliminary inspection revealed that they had yet to submit safety certification signed by licensed engineers from related government agencies. We will further investigate this matter to find out if there was misconduct by any official.”

The children were on an octopus amusement ride when the hydraulics system failed. Children rode in colourful cars attached to arms that arch and connect to a central axis, resembling the shape of an octopus. The central axis spins and goes up and down.

10 children were on the ride around 10pm Friday when the hydraulics system broke, according to the festival organiser Pannee Klomtheri. A Facebook user made a post saying she saw the ride collapse. Pannee says the injuries are not serious.

“Three children were injured and were sent to Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital with some bruises. Doctors said all the kids are now fine. There was no death caused by the incident.”

Pannee says the octopus ride and other nearby rides will be closed while local officials inspect the site. The festival ends on December 6.

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A Myanmar man has been busted with 20 kilograms of kratom after he illegally crossed a natural border into Thailand in the southern Muang district in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Border patrol police and administrative officials were patrolling Ban Hup Phueng, a village near the natural pass on the Myanmar border, when they noticed a man walking with a shoulder bag.

45 year old San Nyunt was then arrested after police found his shoulder bag containing the kratom leaves. Kratom, is a mild narcotic, which has been categorised as an illegal drug in Thailand. San was then charged with illegal entry and possession of illicit drugs.

Such arrests of illegal border crossing have been more prevalent in recent months as the province has stepped up surveillance of the border due to the Covid-10 pandemic.

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