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Phuket lifeguards come to tourists’ rescue

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PHUKET: Lifeguards have once again strongly urged tourists to swim with caution and never disobey red-flags after four tourists were safely rescued from strong waves at Nai Harn Beach yesterday.

The lifeguards believe them to be 20-30 years old.

“We have clearly placed red flags in areas where the winds and waves are strong and we perceive that there is any level of danger to swimmers. In this instance, three of them were surfing and one was swimming. Due to the strong winds, they were stuck in the current and could not make it back ashore. So, three of our team members quickly went to their rescue,” said Nai Harn chief lifeguard Jula Nontree.

The tourists were brought back safely and did not need to be hospitalized.

“I don’t understand why red-flags go unheeded in Phuket. We urge tourists to follow our instructions for their own safety. Lifeguards can help you, but not all the time,” he added.

This month alone has seen several drownings and near drownings in Phuket.

Last week, a Patong lifeguard rescued a Chinese tourist who nearly drowned after being washed away by strong waves in a red-flagged zone at Patong Beach (story here).

A few days before that, the bodies of two Chinese tourists were found two days after they went swimming in a red-flagged zone at Freedom Beach (story here).

— Kongleaphy Keam

- Legacy Phuket Gazette

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Phuket Surf Series 2018

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket office, in collaboration with Surfing Thailand and the Phuket Surfing Club, is hosting the Phuket Surf Series 2018 from June to October this year.

A media briefing was held yesterday at SurfHouse Phuket in Patong in spectacular sunshine. Just across the road, at Patong Beach, the monsoon surf was surging into the west coast of the island.

Mrs. Kanallottika Kritwutikon, Director of the TAT, Phuket office, says that this year the TAT are supporting the promotion of the Phuket Surf Series. She says this will help to encourage the surfing market as well as tourists who are interested in surfing to travel to Phuket and participate in the event during the Andaman’s ‘green season’, the best time for surfing along the coast.

The event will be held at Patong, Kamala, Kalim, Surin as well as Pakarang Beach in Khao Lak – the final event in the 2018 west coast circuit.

“The TAT believes that this event further reinforces the tourism image of Phuket as a sports destination.”

Pearl of the Andaman Surfing Championships

June 30 – July 1. Patong Beach, Phuket.

Kamala Go Surfing 14th Contest

July 7-8, Kamala Beach, Phuket

RAST REnextop Asian Surfing Tour

July 18-21. Patong Beach, Phuket

Kalim Reef Surfer Surfing Contest

August 3-5. Kalim Beach, Phuket

Surin Beach Surfing Contest

September 22-23. Surin Beach, Phuket

Khao Lak Surfing Contest

October 26-28. Pakarang Beach, Khao Lak.

The Thaiger will be covering all surfing events over the next six months. You can follow the events with our partners SurfHouse Phuket as well.

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Phuket: Andaman Hotelier and Tourism Fair 2018

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The event is being held on June 22-24 from 10am to 9pm at the Central Festival Home Work’s side under the concept Green and Innovation.

The event was officially opened on June 22 by Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew and Deputy Director of the Phuket Office of Tourism Authority of Thailand Montri Manator.

They say the Fair aims to support and develop hotelier and tourism skills and bring them up to a true international standard. The tourism and hospitality industry are providing advice at the Fair for people wanting to get into the business, special price package tours, seminars and chances to network with people in Phuket’s F&B industry.

The Fair’s theme this year is under the concept ‘Green’ and ‘Innovation’. Many competitions are being held at the fair such as recycling competitions, bouquet arranging and the cooking of local food.

The Miss and Mr. Andaman Hotelier 2018 competition is also being held with more than hundred thousand baht in prize money.

For more information please visit their Facebook Fan page: Andaman hotelier, or drop into Central Festival East and visit the Fair.

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Phuket: Two arrested in Rawai over illegal football gambling

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Two Thai men have been arrested in Rawai after they were found to be illegally gambling on World Cup football matches.

Yesterday afternoon a team of officials from the Chalong Police arrested 55 year old Gosri ‘Boon’ Rueangrit and 30 year old Sriwawut Rueangrit at a house in Rawai.

Police seized four books of loan lists from Gosri, a bank book and football match prediction lists (dated  June 21). The items and the men were taken to Chalong Police Station for further questioning.

Gosri has since been charged with offences relating to the Excessive Interest Rate Prohibition Act and providing illegal football gambling.

Police seized a mobile phone from Sriwawut with a screenshot of the ‘lion888.net’ website including the username ‘la151199’ – a football prediction App with predictions and betting odds from June 17-22.

Sriwawut has been charged with illegal football gambling.

 

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