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87-year-old escapes Phuket Town house fire

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PHUKET: An 87-year-old lady is safe after her Phuket Town house caught fire last night, causing damages estimated at 100,000 baht.

The house, which is located near the Government Savings Bank in Talad Yai, caught fire at about 8:20pm. Firefighters from Phuket City Municipality were called in to help.

“A total of four fire trucks were at the scene doing their best to douse the flames and prevent them from spreading to nearby buildings. The strong wind made it even harder, but they were able to succeed in about 30 minutes,” said Capt Preecha Khongnu of Phuket City Police.

“Somboon Decharat, 87, a former trash collector at Phuket City Municipality, said she lived there alone. She told us she always lights candles and incense at 5pm everyday for prayer and then goes to bed,” he added.

Ms Somboon told police that while she was sleeping, she ‘heard someone whisper in her ear’ to leave the house and that she was ‘not allowed’ to stay there anymore.

She then called her friend to pick her up and went to stay with her in Rassada.

“At this stage, we are trying to identify the cause of the fire. We believe that it may have been caused by the candle or incense, but we will investigate further to find out for sure,” said Col Preecha.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

- Legacy Phuket Gazette

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Dead dolphin washed ashore at Surin Beach

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A dead dolphin, 1.26 meters long, has been found on Surin Beach this morning (June 20).

Officials at  Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) were notified that the dolphin had been washed up on Surin Beach in Cherng Talay.  MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) headed to Surin beach to head the inspection with officials.

Khun MaAnn says, “scratches were found on the dolphin’s skin. The dolphin also had a very bad smell. Officials at  the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) have been notified.”

PMBC officials say, “The striped dolphin is 1.26 metres long.  The dolphin was already rotting and starting to decompose. There was no use in taking it back to the centre. We collected some tissue from the dead dolphin to investigate the cause of its death.

The dead dolphin has been buried by staff members of the Cherng Talay OrBorTor.”

   

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Monkey update: Rassada locals say returned monkeys happy to be home

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Tha Chin locals in Rassada say they’re satisfied with the way the monkeys were captured last Friday (June 15) while locals say sterilised monkeys at Soi King Kaew in Rassada can get back into their groups now that they’re been released into their area.

Yesterday (June 19) Pongchart Chouehorm, the Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area in Thalang visited locals at Soi Tha Chin in Rassada after 38 long-tailed macaques were caught at Soi Tha Chin in Rassada last Friday (June 15).

Read more HERE.

Khun Pongchart says, “There are some monkeys in the mangrove forests which haven’t been captured. We spoke to locals about garbage management, especially what they’re doing with leftover food. This garbage has to be kept away from the monkeys.”

“Also they mustn’t offer food to those monkeys. This is to prevent monkeys learning to wait for food from humans which might cause more trouble in the future. ”

“Locals at Soi King Kaew in Rassada says that the sterilised monkeys were released back to Soi King Kaew in Rassada on Monday (June 18) and are back to their groups and settling in well.”

Read more HERE.

 

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French expat rescued off Phuket, jet-ski and parasail ban remains in force today

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A French expat on a dinghy has been rescued in Ao Yon, Wichit yesterday (June 19) while the Phuket Marine Office has announced that jet-skis and parasails will remain beached until today (June 20).

Maj Eakkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police was notified at 1.30pm yesterday that a French man, 78 year old Claude Gasca, had been rescued off the coast of Cape Panwa.

Maj Eakkachai says, “Mr Gasca disappeared after took off from Chalong  Pier on a dinghy on Monday (June 18) night heading to his sailboat name ‘Striana’ which was moored off Ao Yon beach. “

“Yesterday (June 19) his Thai wife,  Montatip Tongkhao, said she was unable to contact him. So she called the police. The search was lunched by the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command (NAC3).”

“At 5.30pm yesterday, we were notified that Mr Gasca had been found safe by a friend and taken back to Chalong Pier. He was taken to the Mission Hospital as he was very weak.”

“Mr Gasca told us that after he had retired, he lived in Phuket with his Thai wife. Every day he travels in his dinghy to his sailboat in the sea. On Monday night there were very strong winds and waves. The dinghy was washed ashore and got stuck in a mangrove forest.”

“His friend, who was on another boat, had rescued him. His mobile phone was soaking with water. So he cannot contact his wife.”

The chief of the Phuket Marine Office has ordered authorities at all ports and piers, as well as the boat operators, to be careful heading out to sea, including today (June 20).

Read more HERE.

However some Jet-skis and parasail operators still operated their services during the inclement weather. The Phuket Maine Office has announced a ban of jet-ski and parasails rides from yesterday until today.

“Legal action will be taken against anyone who breaks the law”, says the Chief.

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