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Ordeal at sea after fishing boat sinks

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PHANG-NGA BAY: An 83-year-old was among seven men rescued today after their fishing boat sank early Monday morning off Koh Taloo in Phang Nga Bay and they spent as much as 30 hours clinging to debris. Commodore Preecharn Jamjaroen of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet said that the seven took the boat out on Monday morning to go fishing around Koh Taloo. One of the crew, Yuttapong Sricha’aim, explained, “About 1 am yesterday a big wave hit the boat while we were sleeping. The boat took on too much water, so we decided to jump into the sea, but we were separated by the rough waves. “I was floating in the sea for about 18 hours, until I heard shouting from a fishing boat. They picked me up and we radioed the police to tell them what had happened so that they would come look for my friends.” At 6:30 this morning, another fishing boat found two more crew members floating in the water not far from where the boat had sunk. Somjak Thongyuan, 32, and Soonthon Geuagim, 46, were reported in good condition, but were sent to Takuapa Hospital for medical checks. This morning, the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet sent an aircraft and two boats to search for the remaining four crew members, but the search had to be called off after three hours when the weather turned bad, leaving little hope of the four being found. However, this afternoon police received a call from Takuapa Hospital reporting that all four had been taken there after being rescued by squid fishermen at about 2:30 this afternoon. None of the four was seriously injured, though all were very tired and were being treated for skin problems resulting from prolonged exposure to water. The four lucky men, including 83-year-old Saweng Preechachio, survived more than 30 hours in the sea by holding onto debris from the boat.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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