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Phuket tsunami memorial service honored by few

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PHUKET: A somber air hung over the tsunami memorial service at the Tsunami Memorial Wall in Mai Khao this morning as about 50 people turned up to remember those lost to the killer waves that struck Phuket in 2004.

Thai official figures state that the tsunami killed 5,398 people and more than 3,700 disappeared in the waves that day.

Hundreds of them died or disappeared in Phuket. In Phang Nga province, north of Phuket, the deadly tally numbered in the thousands.

The Phuket service this morning began with Buddhist monks conducting a mass prayer, followed by a Muslim service and then a Christian service.

After the religious ceremonies, attendees approached the wall to lay wreaths in memory of those killed.

The highest-ranking official present today was Udom Sriprukpong, Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) of the Thalang District Office.

Long-term Phuket resident Larry Amsden, 73, has lived in Phuket for decades. He has attended every memorial service since 2004.

“I had many friends who were victims of the tsunami, among theme were two American friends and four Thai friends.

“I almost lost my wife to the tsunami. She was down at the market [when the waves struck]. She had to run away from the water. I was very lucky,” Mr Amsden told the Phuket Gazette.

“At that time I had a small business in Kathu, but my home is in Patong. We could see the tsunami from my home,” he added.

Mr Amsden explained that he and fellow members of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach immediately launched relief efforts.

“We tried to help people restore their lives. Do whatever we could to help them get back to a normal life,” he said.

“I’ve come here every year for the memorial, since 2004, and I will come every year,” Mr Amsden said.

He added that he was “happy” with the restoration of the Wall of Remembrance recently carried out by the US Navy League, sailors from the USS Pinckney and the Glenn Defense Marine.

“Now the wall looks much better. I am very proud of the wall,” Mr Amsden said.

Activities to mark seven years since the tsunami struck continued this afternoon at Loma Park in Patong, where a panel of experts led by Dr Smith Dharmasaroj, former head of the National Disaster Warning Center, staged a public discussion on disaster management.

Tonight, thousands of people are expected to light candles and place them in the sand along Patong Beach as part of the annual ‘Light Up Phuket’ remembrance tradition.

— Chutharat Plerin



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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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