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‘It is not the whale shark’s baby’ – Fishing boat captain

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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On Saturday (May 19) officials at the Phuket Fisheries Port In-Port Out Control Centre (PiPo) says, “There were 13 boat crews on Sang Samut 3 fishing boat on which Somsamai Meejom is the captain. They departed from the pier on May 11 and scheduled to return on May 22.”

“We were informed that the boat will be back early on May 18 at 10pm to transfer their catch back to land. We have not found any illegal actions.”

“The issue about the whale shark that was brought onto the boat, this action is in contravention of the Royal Ordinance on Fisheries in Section and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Announcement. Whale sharks are one of the aquatic mammals listed as near extinction, must not be fished or caught or brought onto a boat.”

(We note that whale sharks are ‘fish’, not mammals)

“On Saturday early morning officials filed a report to Phuket City officials against the Sang Samut 3 and 2, the captains and crews. These two boats, including are marine life onboard, have been seized. The case was transferred to the Chalong Police Station because the incident happened under their area of responsibility.”

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“The captain of Sang Samut 3 fishing boat told us that a white thing that was shown in pictures and videos under the whale shark’s belly is not a baby. It is a buoy that was part of the fishing net. The captain told us that he did not try to escape while the fishing boat was getting near the diving boat.”

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“They had to balance the fishing boat while trying to release the whale shark back into the sea. If they were releasing the whale shark without holding the net, the boat could lose its balance where they were at the west of the Racha Island at about 2pm on May 18.”

Here’s the original photo – make up your own mind.

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Russian man allegedly stabs Chiang Mai park officer, tries to break into tourist bungalow

Caitlin Ashworth

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A Russian man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to break into tourist bungalows and stealing property at a Chiang Mai national park and stabbed a park officer with a pair of scissors. The incident follows months of complaints from Thai tourists at the national park reporting missing property.

Thai media reports the 32 year old Russian man as ‘Cemnh Semin’ allegedly tried to rob a tourist bungalow at Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Cemnh allegedly stabbed a night patrol park officer in the neck and head with a pair of scissors and ran off. Other park officers on duty were able to catch the man and call Chiang Mai Police. The wounded park officer was taken to a local hospital where he has been reported as being in a stable condition.

For months, Thai tourists at the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park say they’ve woken up in the morning with some of their belongings missing. Park officers stepped up their night patrol after the complaints. The officers say they were surprised at finding out the alleged robber was a Russian man.

The man will face a range of charges following further investigation.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | Thai Residents

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Alcohol ban for the end of Buddhist Lent this Friday

Maya Taylor

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An alcohol ban is looming for this coming Friday, as Buddhists mark the end of the Lent period. While officials have so far remained silent on the possibility of a ban on the purchase and consumption of alcohol, previous years have seen one implemented at the end of Buddhist Lent. The ban has not been formally announced but our Thai staff have confirmed that it will be in place.

The Buddhist Lent is when monks finish their 3 month retreat and leave the temples to travel and resume normal life. It also marks the end (in theory) of Thailand’s rainy season. This year, the end of Buddhist Lent falls on Friday, October 2, and is almost certain to bring a ban on alcohol sales, as in previous years.

This will mean bars, clubs, and other nightlife venues will need to close from midnight the night before, and cannot re-open until midnight Friday night/Saturday morning. The ban on alcohol sales will also apply to supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants.

As with similar alcohol bans, the enforcement by officials can be ‘selective’ but will attract a fine if caught.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Woman and 2 children escape unharmed after car flips over in Pattaya

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A woman who lost control of her car, making the vehicle flip over, has had a lucky escape, along with her 2 young children, who were unharmed in the incident. 36 year old Suweena Rodpan says she was driving in the rain, on Pattaya’s Sukhumvit Road, when she lost control of the car due to the wet surface. She subsequently collided with another vehicle in front of her, before her own car flipped over.

Suweena, along with her 11 year old son and 8 year old daughter, were not injured in the incident, nor was the driver of the other vehicle.

Pattaya City Police have launched an investigation into the accident, but it is not yet known if Suweena will face charges.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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