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Phuket boosts water-safety as New Year countdown nears

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PHUKET: As the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign continues across Phuket, the Marine Police are joining the effort on the water by stepping up safety checks and deploying vessels to conduct 24-hour operations.

The moves comes as Phuket struggles to accommodate the huge influx of tourists who have arrived for the island’s “peak season” in tourism, a period that begins just before Christmas and continues into the New Year.

As is usual for this time of year, the Gazette is receiving reports of near 100 per cent occupancy at hotels and other forms of tourist accommodation located along Phuket’s west coast, especially in the prime tourist beach areas of Patong, Karon and Kata.

To cope with the rising number of people who like to avoid the crowds by heading out to the islands in Phang Nga Bay, including Phi Phi and Koh Yao, extra boat services have been launched at Rassada Pier on the east side of Phuket Town.

Lt Col Rittee Phao Phan, commanding officer of the Phuket-based Marine Police Region 8, launched the water-safety campaign by leading a sortie of Marine Police officers to the Rassada Pier to deliver water-safety advice to operators and hand out safety brochures to tourists traveling to the nearby islands.

“Phuket Marine Police are responsible for the waters around Phuket and some areas of Phang Nga Bay. Passenger safety is our priority. This means ensuring there are no overloaded boats out on the water and that every passenger is wearing a life jacket,” Lt Col Rittee said.

Marine Police have been assigned to look after tourists during the new year 24 hours a day. “We have also opened a 24-hour emergency hotline 196 to be operational during the Seven Days of Danger – from December 29 to January 5,” Lt Col Rittee said.

“We will have inflatable dinghies and Marine Police vessel Khun Pum [Tor 814] to patrol around Rassada Pier, the entrance to the Boat Lagoon marina, and Patong Bay. We will be on high alert in these areas during the New Year’s Eve countdown,” he added.

— Warisa Temram



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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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