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Ferry Boat Accident Claims At Least Three

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KOH SAMUI: Three passengers, including two foreigners, drowned and more remain missing and feared dead after a ferry boat bound for Koh Tao capsized early yesterday morning north of Surat Thani. Authorities believe a heavy storm caused the overladen Panmaneesap 9 to take on water and capsize off the coast of Koh Wow, a small island northwest of Koh Samui, at around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Pol Lt Col Wisoot Seekong, Deputy Superintendent of the Koh Samui Police, told the Gazette this morning that the bodies of three female victims were recovered – one Thai and two foreigners. One of the foreigners, Gabrial Sandercock, 30, has been identified by police. The names of the other two victims have not been released. Police said Sandercock, an Australian, was returning to Koh Tao following a visa run to Malaysia. The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has been notified of her death. According to police, the ferry, believed to be carrying 28-29 passengers and crew, departed Surat Thani shortly before midnight Tuesday. In addition to the passengers, the small ferry was laden with cargo. Off the coast of Koh Wow, about two-thirds of the way into its 115-kilometer journey, the boat capsized after encountering heavy seas, high winds and rain. The crew of a fishing trawler arrived at the scene and pulled passengers and crew – many of whom were not wearing life vests – to safety. Marine and Samui police units transported people to Samui Hospital in Nathon. A total of 18 passengers and crew were rescued and another seven or eight passengers remain unaccounted for. Four female foreigners were among those saved. Authorities did not release their names. A spokesman for Samui Hospital told the Gazette that 13 passengers were admitted yesterday and all were reported in good condition this morning. They were expected to be released later today. Pol Lt Col Wissoot said storms were continuing to hamper search efforts by police and the Royal Thai Navy Second Fleet. Authorities were questioning the private ferry boat operator and survivors as part of their probe into the accident. The unidentified owner, who police said operated the boat without proper registration, told authorities he maintained no records of the ill-fated passengers at Ban Don, the vessel’s origination point.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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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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