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68 year old Canadian drowns off Koh Phi Phi

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PHOTO: Nui Bay, only accessible by long tail boat

Police on Koh Phi Phi have confirmed that a 68 year old Canadian has died after being recovered from the water at Nui Bay. The incident happed around lunchtime yesterday (Wednesday).

The man has been identified as Zbigniew Sarna and Embassy officials have been alerted.

Mr Sarna was travelling with a group of nine other friends. They traveled to Phi Phi on a yacht from Phuket last Tuesday.

Police say the group went swimming and Mr Sarna was found unconscious in the water by members of the group. Police say body will be taken to a hospital in Surat Thani to confirm the cause of death.

Police say the group rented a longtail boat to visit Nui Bay on Koh Phi Phi and that Mr Sarna wasn’t wearing wear a floatation vest.

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Krabi paraglider crashes into 6 year old – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Daily News

A motorised paraglider crashed into a 6 year old child on a Krabi beach over the weekend. The child was rushed to the hospital and the flyer took care of the medical expenses. Now, the flyer could face charges from the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park officials.

The pilot somehow managed to kick the child in the head. The parents rushed to his help and the pilot also helped as they rushed him to hospital.

Paragliding is illegal on the park’s Klong Muang Beach, according to the park chief. Two other motorised paraglider were in the air when the incident occurred. Other groups flying paragliders have also been seen at the beach. The park chief says he plans to prosecute the flyer and others who violated the park’s rule.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Thai Visa

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Tourist and environment groups share concerns for new access piers for Maya Bay

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The Chairman of Krabi Tourism Industry Council has shared his concerns about new piers and landing facilities on Koh Phi Phi Ley after being made aware that the Department of National Parks had the initiative to build a pier so tourist can travel by foot to Loh Samah Bay area behind Maya Bay, Ao Nang Subdistrict, Muang District, Krabi.

Maya Bay remains closed to all visitors and access confined to boats passing by the entrance to the bay for a photo opportunity instead. The bay was attracting up to 6,000 people per day at the height of its popularity before authorities closed down access in June 2018.

The idea of the floating piers would allow tourists to disembark then walk from the rear of the island across raised boardwalks to arrive on the back of the beach. In the past tourists had arrived on boat and jumped ashore with the boats waiting either along the shore or anchoring in the bay.

Maya Bay was made famous in the 2000 movie “The Beach” with Leonardo diCaprio.

Even though Koh Phi Phi Ley, the smaller of the two Phi Phi islands, is in the Krabi province, most tourists accessed the island group from Phuket by either speed boat or scheduled ferry.

The Chairman says… “I am concerned about the impact on nature and the environment, where Loh Sama Bay is a dive site that consists of both shallow and deep corals, complete with beautiful, diverse species including soft corals, hard corals, sea anemones. Previously, tourists have consistently come to dive and inspect the beauty of coral reefs there.”

Tourist and environment groups share concerns for new access piers for Maya Bay | News by The Thaiger

A Koh Phi Phi conservation group consisting of tour operators and local villagers have also previously submitted a proposal to the Department of National Parks voicing their concerns about the construction of the new infrastructure.

Pankham Kittithornkul, Chief of Ao Nang sub-district, says that he and local villagers have come to a conclusion to proceed with the construction to service Maya Bay with the exception during low season, closing the famous bay for nature to recover.

“The Department of National Parks has closed off the area to preserve the wide life but there is no news of the reopening of the bay, causing local people to lose revenue.”

“Previously the start of installation of the piers was recalled.”

SOURCE: One31 | Phuket People Voice

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Phi Phi’s Maya Bay won’t reopen until fully rehabilitated

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PHOTOS: Nation Thailand

Maya Bay, Krabi’s main tourist attraction since it was featured in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Beach’, will remain closed as natural rehabilitation of the beach and bay continues, after vast areas of coral were destroyed by excess tourism and boat traffic.

Indefinitely.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment says that in future boats will not be allowed to enter Maya Bay except from the back side of the island. Yesterday the minister visited Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley to inspect the progress of the recovery of both the land and marine environment. He says corals are not recovering as quickly as expected.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced the closure of Maya Bay on June 1, 2018, banning tourism and related businesses.

“Maya Bay has been rehabilitated for the past year, and there has been great recovery.”

“On the land, many plants, even Morning Glory never seen on Maya Bay before, are growing well. But under the sea, corals are still in a dangerous condition. Many coral species grow at a rate of only 3-5 centimetres in a year, while some species grow only 1-2 centimetres.”

The minister examined the idea of building a harbour at the back of Maya Bay in Loh Samah Bay. A team of academics and environmental experts are inspecting the area. Ships and other marine vehicles will not be allowed to enter Maya Bay directly.

“Maya Bay will not be permanently closed. When the coral growth is complete, then this place will be open to tourists from all over the world.”

Phi Phi's Maya Bay won't reopen until fully rehabilitated | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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