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PHUKET: After two weeks of waiting for official requests to inspect tsunami warning towers that failed to sound the alarm on April 11, Chutichart Boonchuwit will bypass the bureaucratic hurdle and go ahead and have the towers tested anyway.

Mr Chutichart, who is the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry representative tasked with ensuring that the tsunami warning towers in Phuket are operational, told the Phuket Gazette today that he was notified on April 18 that six warning towers failed to sound the alarm.

“The Phuket office of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) informed me that tsunami warning towers at Kata Noi, Chalong, Nai Harn, Kamala, Patong and Ao Yon all failed to sound the alarm, or failed to function properly,” he said.

“On April 19, I inspected the towers at Patong and at Ao Yon. The tower at Patong worked well, but the tower at Ao Yon did not sound the alarm very loudly. I think it is because the tower is on a hill and might be too high for people to hear clearly,” he added.

As for the warning towers at the remaining locales – Kata Noi, Nai Harn, Chalong and Kamala – Mr Chutichart said he will no longer wait for confirmation from the local DDPM officers for those areas that the towers need to be tested.

“I will go ahead and make plans for them to be checked anyway. Actually, right now I am not sure exactly how many towers are working or not, so I will have all 19 tsunami warning towers in Phuket checked to make sure they are working,” he said.

In order to inspect the towers, Mr Chutichart needs to have a technician from the ICT Ministry headquarters in Bangkok present to try to determine the faults. Such a technician accompanied Mr Chutichart for inspecting the warning towers at Patong and Ao Yon.

“I have spoken with a specialist consultant at the ICT Ministry who will report this to senior ICT people so they can make arrangements for the towers to be tested,” he said.

As of today, Mr Chutichart, who is also the current director of the Phuket Statistical Office, said he did not know exactly when he would receive the go-ahead from the ICT Ministry.

“As as I do we will organize a team and check all the towers,” he said.

— Orawin Narabal



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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