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PHUKET: A high-power delegation of officials this morning met villagers in Srisoonthorn to reinforce the message that Phuket was not about to sink – and to get the day’s scheduled fun activities underway.

Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Government spokesman Prompong Nopparit and Phuket MP Raywat Areerob along with other government officials, including from Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising, visited Baan Bangkham Moo 2 in Srisoonthorn, identified as the epicenter of the April 16 earthquake that shook Phuket.

Governor Tri addressed the villagers, telling them, “We are here today to restore people’s confidence and I would like to thank all Phuket people for showing good sense in light of rumors that have been circulating recently and not discrediting Phuket. Even tourists who have heard of the rumor are still coming to Phuket. All flights are full as usual.

“This rumor does not only damage Phuket tourism it is also considered a threat to public safety, to which end I have filed a complaint against the rumormonger,” Gov Tri added.

Gov Tri went on to say that 504 households were damaged by the earthquakes but he would receive the official report from Thalang District officers on May 1.

After that, on May 7, he and Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyut Wichaidit would return to personally hand out the compensation payments.

Gov Tri concluded his speech by reiterating that rumors were just rumors and that people should believe in the government and Phuket’s sustainable potential.

Local resident Mina Kahapana, 58, told the Phuket Gazette, “I was scared of the rumor, especially because of the earthquake on April 16. I was thinking about leaving Phuket, but when the government announced that it was just a rumor and there couldn’t possibly be any truth in the ‘doomsday’ story, we decided to stay.

“Some people [originally] from other provinces have left the village, but the locals are still here. We are not going anywhere,” she added.

Phuket’s British Honorary Consul Martin Carpenter accompanied the visiting delegation. “To be honest I do not think many tourists coming to Phuket are aware of this scare. It is unfortunate that small earthquakes hit Thalang. They did not really cause structural damage but it’s a shame that such rare occurrence has spawned such a damaging rumor,” he told the Gazette.

“I am here today to provide support to the governor and authorities in Phuket. They’ve worked very hard over the past two weeks to crush the rumor and to keep people in Phuket safe, and a state of mind where they know they are not going to witness a major disaster in Phuket,” he said.

“It’s the tsunami history that has always been the worry. However, I do believe the governor and local authorities have made a really good effort to ensure the safety of Phuket and tried their very best to put a reliable system in place.

“If there is another tsunami off the coast of Indonesia as there was in 2004, I think we will have plenty of warning if something really bad were going to happen,” said Mr Carpenter.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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