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Hi Fidelity edges ahead in King’s Cup

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KATA: Winds were a steady 20 knots yet, apart from some moderate chop beyond Koh Racha, the seas were calm for some swift sailing in the King’s Cup Regatta today.

Neil Pryde’s Hi Fidelity today finished just 44 seconds ahead of Peter Ahern’s Yo! to take the lead in the Racing class by a single point.

As tomorrow will be a rest day for the regatta, Yo!, currently on 10 points, has just three races left to take the lead, with the final races to be held on Friday and Saturday.

Mandrake, currently third place in the Racing class on 14 points, has a tougher task at hand after finishing third today.

The crew aboard Buzz 8 continued their winning ways in the Sports Boat class, scoring another first to maintain their lead on eight points. Pink Pussy Cat finished second to maintain its second place in the class with 10 points, while Jativa came third to remain in third place overall on 12 points.

In the American Express Premier Cruising class, Hocux Pocux 2 staved off Stormvogel long enough to win by just 19 seconds, a win good enough to take it to equal first in the class with Vida on eight points. A third place today by Yendys kept it in third place overall with 13 points.

In IRC1, Kylie beat Ruby Tuesday by 17 seconds to score a win, with Blue Juice crossing the line third. However, Ruby Tuesday has a commanding lead in the series with just seven points, while its nearest competitors are Foxy Lady and Di Hard on 15 points apiece.

Royal Thai Navy 1 continued to dominate IRC2 with its third consecutive win. Royal Thai Navy 2 came second to remain second in the series on seven points. Emerald Blue came third, though the result was not enough to hoist it past La Samudra, in third place overall with nine points.

Simba finished more than three minutes in front of Patrice III to win IRC3. Abraxas came third, leaving it at the top of the class on eight points. Vara Peto is second overall with 13 points, one point ahead of Patrice III.

Coco Blues won its second Multihull race, with Charro and Chameleon in second and third places respectively. The finishing order reflects the standings on the leader board, with Coco Blues leading on four points, Charro on five, and Chameleon on 10.

In the Ocean Rover class, Cordelia beat Aquavit III to cross the finish line first. Tarawadee came third. Aquavit III still leads the class with six points, with Cordelia close behind on eight points, and Tarawadee further behind on 13 points.

Today’s race in the Classicclass saw a shuffling in the standings. Although Sylvia came first, followed by Greensleeves and then Sunshine, Greensleeves moved to first place overall with five points, while Phuket Sail Sanook and Sunshine now share equal second place with eight points apiece.

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With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital

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So long, farewell. Phuket, which has had the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in Thailand, is closing its first “field hospital” after discharging its final patients. The temporary hospital is closing down, hopefully for good, and will be “put on standby,” as the last patients have recovered, the island’s governor announced yesterday.

The building was actually the unfinished new provincial HQ for the local Phuket government. The building’s completion has been stalled for years with uncompleted contracts and delays. But it has served an important purpose in housing the island’s Covid-19 patients and keeping them away from the main hospitals.

“Today is the day that Phuket has zero Covid-19 patients. I would like to thank all officials and Phuket residents for their efforts and cooperation to make our province finally Covid-19-free. Our next job is to rehabilitate the province’s economy, especially the tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the outbreak.”

The governor was joined at the closing ceremony by representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office, the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Phuket Federation of Industries to hand out 600 survival kits to local people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Phuket’s first field hospital was established in March with 104 beds in a two-storey building. It was staffed with medical professionals from 5 hospitals throughout the province. Some 123 Covid-19 patients were treated at the hospital and all have fully recovered and been discharged. None has tested positive again.

The second field hospital is also on standby, having released its last patient on May 15.

Since the outbreak started, Phuket has reported 227 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of these, 224 patients recovered and 3 died.

With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Road deaths

2 killed after truck slams Phuket power pole – VIDEO

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2 men are dead in Phuket after a truck slammed into a roadside power pole on the notorious Kata hill road, just out of Chalong yesterday. Police say the two men killed were a Thai and a Burmese national.

The deputy chief of Karon police says the accident occurred at about 4:50pm at the mouth of Soi Suksan 1 on Patak road – a windy section of road as it heads up the hill towards Kata Beach. The power pole fell across the road after being hit by the pick up truck, killing the man inside. He was identified as 31 year old Thanapon Prachit a native of Chaiyaphum province.

Another man, passing by on a motorbike, was seriously injured by the falling power pole. He was admitted to Chalong Hospital where but was pronounced dead. The passport found on him identified him as 28 year old Win Myo Hlaing from Myanmar.

The bodies of the victims were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Two men die after truck plows into power pole in Phuket

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A Thai and Burmese man were killed after a work truck collided with a power pole on Kata hill, southern Phuket yesterday afternoon. The deputy chief of Karon police reported that the incident happened near the turn off onto Soi Suksan 1, on the Chalong side of the hill.

The power pole crashed on top of the truck as it fell, killing 31 year old Thanapol Prachit from Chaiyaphum province.

The two bodies were transferred to Vachira Hospital and police are continuing their investigations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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