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Navy rescues stranded tourists as Phuket storms continue

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PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command yesterday rescued Thai and foreign holidaymakers, including many bound for Phuket, who were stranded on the Similan and Surin islands due to the heavy seas.

HTMS Bangpakong, under the command of Joint Rear Admiral Rangsarit Sattayanukul, at 2pm sailed to the Similans from its port at the navy base in Thap Lamu, Phang Nga.

A total of 133 tourists were safely returned to the mainland after being stranded on the remote islands since Saturday, when an active low pressure cell settle in the region bringing unprecedented and heavy, wind-driven seas.

The tourists came ashore at the base in Thap Lamu at 8:30pm.

Another navy vessel, HTMS Longlom, left Ranong Harbor at 7pm to conduct a similar mission of rescuing tourists stranded on the more remote Surin Islands.

All 73 were safely returned to shore at Kuraburi Pier in Phang Nga at 10pm.

Tourists to the popular marine national parks typically get there by speedboat from Kuraburi and other ports in Phang Nga, but high seas made it too dangerous for them to continue operating.

The bad weather could spell an early end to the dive tourism industry in the parks, which close annually during the monsoon season from May through October.

Meanwhile, the Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast) at Phuket International Airport has issued another weather advisory warning the public of heavy rains and high seas from the low pressure system.

The advisory, issued at 11am, warns of possible “very heavy” rains along Thailand’s entire Andaman Sea coastline, with the risk of flooding and landslides in high-risk areas in all six Andaman Coast provinces: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

Wind-driven waves up to four meters high will persist in the Andaman Sea, so all ships should proceed with caution and small vessels should remain in port.

Conditions are expected to return to start returning to normal on Friday, when the low pressure system currently over the Andaman Sea is expected to move to the Bay of Bengal and the high pressure over much of the rest of the will weaken.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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