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UPDATE: German tourist found dead in Krabi hotel room

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A German tourist has been found dead inside a hotel room in Ao Nang yesterday. A bag was over the man’s head and tied around the neck. Ao Nang police were notified of the incident yesterday afternoon at a hotel in Ao Nang when contacted by staff.

Police found the body of a 40 year old German man on the bed. His head was covered with a bag and tied. The body was taken to Krabi Hospital for an autopsy.

Police say there were no signs of a struggle found on his body. His belongings – a notebook computer, his passport, credit cards and cash, remained untouched. Two glasses of water were found on a desk in the room. Another plastic bag was found on the floor. Police believe that the man died at least two days before his body was found.

At this stage police believed it is likely a case of suicide. However police are continuing their investigation. Police have not released the name of the deceased German tourist.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Missing man’s body found in Krabi forest, wife believes he was killed

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The body of a missing man was found by locals walking through a forest in Krabi’s Plai Phraya district. The man’s wife believes he was murdered, but police have not announced if they will open a homicide investigation, saying they are waiting for autopsy results.

47 year old Arun Sittisang went missing in May. Authorities who initially examined the body believe he has been dead for at least 3 months. His wife, 47 year old Sujit Kaewwihok, travelled from Nakhon Si Thammarat to identify the body and says she thinks Arun was killed.

Arun’s 21 year old daughter says her father contacts the family on a regular basis since he often travels, but he suddenly stopped calling in May.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Thairath

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Koh Phi Phi marine park dive site closed off for the next 2 years after karst island collapse

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A popular dive site in the Koh Phi Phi National Park will be closed off for the next 2 years after 30,000 tonnes of rock broke off of a karst island, falling into sea and onto a coral reef.

Koh Mae Urai is a karst formation between Koh Phi Phi and the Krabi mainland. A large chunk of the rock formation collapsed last week and broke into 2 pieces, damaging the coral reef at a popular dive site known for its 2 underwater tunnels lined with soft and hard corals.

Chief of the national park, Prayoon Phongphan, says 300 square metres of the reef is damaged. A project is in the works to help recover the reef.

“These include staghorn coral, big star corals, ring corals, floral corals and brain corals, among others.”

The area was recently inspected by divers and national park officers as well as geologists from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Prayoon says they’ll close off the area for the next 2 years.

“The area where the island collapsed will be sealed off for 2 years for the safety of local fishermen and tourists. It is possible that more of the island will break off… Officials have already installed buoys and red flags to make sure no one enters the area. Park officers will also regularly patrol the area.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Krabi beach stray dogs attack 4 year old boy

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A 4 year old boy was attacked on Klong Hang beach, Ao Nang, in Krabi by a pack of stray dogs. The young boy, Attachai, was with his mother, brothers and sisters, playing on the popular beach at the front of a hotel yesterday morning.

A pack of 4 local stray dogs were lurking nearby. 2 of them ran at the young boy. As Attachai tried to run away the 2 dogs kept attacking and biting at his legs. The dogs kept biting and snapping at his legs and tried to drag him away before the hotel’s gardener came to the rescue to help the distressed mother.

Attachai was quickly taken to hospital.

Local rescue volunteers told 77kaoded that the attack was the first attack of its kind since 5 year old Finnish boy was attacked in February 2019.

After last years attack, the Chief of Krabi Provincial Livestock said that 13 strays had been caught at Ao Nang Beach.

“One of the dogs has been kept and tested for rabies. We are finding other places for these stray dogs.”

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