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Emergency helicopter saves sick islander

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ANDAMAN SEA: A police helicopter from Phuket braved stormy weather earlier this week to rush a woman with acute appendicitis from Koh Yao Yai to hospital in Phuket Town. The woman, 35-year-old Khun Sukanya Jittanavee, was whisked from the island to Phuket’s Wachira Hospital on Tuesday for emergency surgery, thanks to a new initiative by the Phuket Provincial Health Office to provide better emergency services to those living on islands in the Andaman Sea. Suffering from increasingly severe pain, Khun Sukanya managed to get to the local health clinic, which contacted the Provincial Health Office at 6 pm for assistance. Dr Boonriang Chuchaisangrat, chief of the Provincial Health Office, said that normally a medical boat would have been sent to collect the patient. But that day there were high seas and the boat could not leave port. In addition, Dr Boonriang said, he was worried that Khun Sukanya was suffering either acute appedicitis or an ectopic pregnancy. In either case, she needed to be brought to a hospital fast. Even if the boat had been able to operate, it would have been too slow. He rushed with two nurses to the Phuket Police Aviation Division, where Pol Lt Col Leurgiet Magonpan, the division’s chief, fired up his helicopter. Just 15 minutes after the initial call from Koh Yao Yai, Khun Sukanya and her two brothers were aboard the helicopter, heading back to Phuket Town. She was rushed into the operating theater. Today, looking tired but feeling a great deal more comfortable, Khun Sukanya said that she was very grateful to the helicopter crew and medical staff. She hopes to be home next week. Asked whether flying the emergency flight in bad weather had been dangerous, Pol Lt Col Leurgiet told the Gazette that it had been very dark and the whole flight had to be rushed, but apart from that it was “routine”. Dr Boonriang said that anyone faced with a real medical emergency on any of the islands in the Andaman area should call him or his colleagues on 01-6065347 or 01-9782127 for assistance.



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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang

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A male motorbike rider has died after colliding into the back of a ten wheeler truck in Thalang early this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident along Thepkrasattri Road in the southbound lane through Thalang at 2am this morning. The conditions were dry and road was clear of traffic.

Emergency responders arrived to find the ten wheelers truck and driver,  55 year old Sirichai Konghom, waiting at the scene.

Nearby was a damaged motorbike. The 20 year old driver, Ittiphon Rodnokkaew, died at the scene.

Sirichai told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to Phuket. When he arrived at the scene he heard the sound of a collision at the back of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate a new marine research vessel. A boats no-go zone has been set.

The Phuket Marine Office has announced “Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate the new marine vessel at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC)”

“The official ceremonies is from midday to 5pm,  No boats may enter in the special zone during HRH Sirivannavari’s visit from midday to 5pm which are…

1. Latitude 7º48’42.36” North Longitude 98º22’21.70” East

2. Latitude 7º48’01.74” North Longitude 98º22’08.56” East

3. Latitude 7º47’49.25” North Longitude 98º24’33.99” East

4. Latitude 7º47’03.49” North Longitude 98º24’12.01” East?

For non-nautical types, here’s a more helpful map. The exclusion areas are between the PMBC and Koh Lon in Chalong Bay

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