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Missing Phuket student, 17, found drowned

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PHUKET: Rescue workers have recovered the body of the missing 17-year-old student who was swept away by strong waves when he entered the surf while with friends at Nai Yang Beach on Tuesday.

Nithipol Lorlaem’s body was found this morning, about 500 meters from the police box near the beach, where he was last seen in the strong surf.

“Six lifeguards, Mr Nithipol’s family and local villagers resumed the search at 5:30am today,” Jit Chairap, head lifeguard of the Nai Yang-Nai Thon patrol unit, told the Phuket Gazette.

“A villager reported the discovery at about 6:30am,” he added.

Mr Nithipol’s friends told lifeguards that on Tuesday afternoon they went to the beach and sat near the police box to eat meatballs.

“They told us that Mr Nithipol accidentally dripped some meatball sauce on his shirt and he wanted to wash it off before going home, so he went into the water,” explained Mr Jit.

“The area in front of the police box is a ‘no swimming’ area. We marked the area with red flags to indicate this,” he added.

Mr Jit explained that lifeguards were on patrol at the time of Mr Nithipol disappearance, but not in the police box area.

“There are two lifeguard stations on the beach. One is near the Crown Nai Yang Suite Hotel and the other one is near the boyscout camp area. We used to have one more near the police box, but not since July, when Sirinath National Park officers told us we were no longer allowed to have a lifeguard station in that area.

“They told us that it was within the national park area [beyond the entrance fee collection booth]. However, from time to time we still send lifeguards to patrol that end of the beach in case anything happens,” said Mr Jit.

“Our lifeguards patrol the beach from 9am to 7pm every day. On that day, we received a report from beach vendors that a boy had disappeared in the surf in front of the police box at about 6:30pm, so we came running from our station near the boyscout camp to help search for him,” he said.

Sirinath National Park chief Cheewapap Cheewatham, however, today denied that his park rangers told the lifeguards they were not allowed to patrol the beach within the park boundaries.

“It might be a misunderstanding. We never told the lifeguards not to work in the area in front of the police box. That area is a red-flag zone, which indicates it is a ‘no swimming area’, so we need lifeguards on duty there,” Mr Cheewapap told the Gazette.

“I have to issue a letter to the lifeguard service company to clarify any misunderstandings and ask for their cooperation in having their lifeguards to patrol that area,” he said.

— Orawin Narabal



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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