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Phuket Marine Police continue search for missing Russian’s body

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PHUKET: Marine Police are still searching for the body of Russian tourist who disappeared in rough surf at a Phuket Beach on Monday afternoon and is now presumed dead.

Alexey Agaponov disappeared off Nai Thon Beach the same day the Russian Embassy in Bangkok confirmed that a 50-year-old Russian had drowned at Surin Beach, further south down the Phuket coastline.

“The waves are too strong and we cannot dive to search for the body,” said Lt Jirayuth Onthong, who is charge of the search operation at Nai Thon.

Mr Agaponov, 28, went swimming with his wife and another couple around midday.

“We warned them that it was dangerous to swim around that time and they said they understood,” said Surasak Bumroongrak, chief of the lifeguard contingent assigned to the beach.

“First, they swam near our lifeguard station, but about an hour later they started getting into trouble. The two ladies were safe because they were close to the beach, but the men were further out playing in the waves,” he said.

Mr Agaponov’s male friend, who asked not to be named, was rescued by a tourist, Mr Surasak added.

One of the restaurant operators on the beach who saw the incident told the Gazette, “The sea was very rough that day.”

Mr Agaponov was missing for about two hours before witnesses on the beach said they saw him floating near the rocks at the north end of the bay.

Whether or not Mr Agaponov was still alive at that time the witnesses could not confirm.

Sen Sgt Maj Prapan Chartpradone, of the Marine Police search party, explained that the search is being hampered by strong waves.

Mr Agaponov’s body might be trapped by the rocks.

“We went looking along the shore this morning and questioned locals whether they had seen anything. So far, we have heard nothing,” he said.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew



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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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