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Ozzies take three of four Laguna Triathlon titles

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BANGTAO: Australian Marc Lees returned to reinforce his dominance of the Thai Airways Laguna Phuket Triathlon with another triumph in the event this year. His win of 2:29:45 h over nearest rivals New Zealander John Newsom (2:30:26 h) and Canadian Peter Reid (2:31:00 h) was not unexpected. But the 27-year-old pro confessed he was not cruising. “It was a hard race. I had a headache at the end of the bike segment and knew the run was going to be tough. I had to dig deep. The others were strong, but I wanted to defend my title. I am happy to have won.” Marc is currently at the beginning of his race year. “This is only my second race of the season, so I am still fresh compared with the others, who are at the end of their season. My preparations are all centered around the Olympics Trials in April. There are only three positions on the team, but there are eight of us [competing for those places], so it’s going to be tough.” Fellow Australian Jackie Gallagher scored a hat trick with her 2:42:36 h win in the pro women’s section. Australian Robyn Roocke was second (2:49:38 h) and American Lori Bowden, third (2:51:50 h). Jackie was a very happy woman. “This is my favorite race. It’s a good way to finish the season. I came to the race tired, but it seems every time I am in it I have to win.” The 31-year-old said that she had a great, though tiring, season, and that she was ready to enjoy a three-month break before starting again in February. The biggest target currently in her sights is Olympic gold in Sydney next year. The first seven pro male and first seven female winners split a total purse of US$30,000. The men’s amateur winner was Romuald Lepers of France (2:39:47 h), while the women’s overall amateur winner was yet another Australian, Robyn Scott (23:01:37 h). The first Thai athlete to finish was Bunluelak Doungdun, who clocked 2:56:46 h to come in 38th overall. The first Thai woman to finish was Napaporn Boontham (3:47:21 h). Each received 10,000 baht.



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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