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PHUKET: Friends of long-term Phuket expat Leslie Beasley, who was found dead on a yacht moored in Chalong Bay on December 23, have told the Gazette about their shock and sadness over the local sailor’s death.

Mr Beasley was looking after the yacht for the owner, who is currently overseas. His body was discovered after the owner had repeatedly failed to contact him about the condition of the yacht, explained Brent McInnes of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club.

Mr Beasley was found dead just three days before he was to celebrate his 69th birthday. Police deem the death a suicide, though the circumstances surrounding it have sent unnerving ripples through Phuket’s yachting community.

Mr Beasley’s body was found with a hose from an oxygen cylinder connected to a plastic bag placed over his head.

Tom Howard, who runs cruises out of Phuket on the the renowned 100-year-old Danish schooner Seraph, told the Gazette, “I was shocked to hear what had happened. He worked for me for nearly two years. He was a good guy, a hell of a guy.”

Mr Beasley lived a quiet life, and was an accomplished sailor, said Mr McInnes.

“Les lived on Phuket for at least seven years. He was a yacht caretaker and had done work as a boat surveyor. He had also worked as a delivery captain, making numerous Atlantic and Indian Ocean crossings,” Mr McInnes said.

“He used to come in once a month. He pretty much kept to himself. He wasn’t a gossip monger, but he wasn’t a recluse.

“He was a very helpful guy, always friendly,” he said.

“Les was my neighbor for a time and I was fortunate to sail with him on a few occasions,” said Justine Bristow.

“I’m not sure how he was with his male friends, but with me he was always a true gentleman. Gentle, knowledgeable and passionate about the ocean.

“I can’t actually believe this has happened, but I’m sure that this was not some spur of the moment decision as he always struck me as a very thoughtful and purposeful man,” she said.

“I talked to him just the other day. He wanted to tie up his dinghy in front of the yacht club. I said he could just pull it up onto the beach and we’d keep an eye on it, but he said, ‘I think I just don’t have the strength to pull it [back] off the beach,” said Mr McInnes.

Reports from throughout the local yachting fraternity indicate that Mr Beasley may have been suffering from a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

“He was an all-round good guy. It’s sad. I think he just came to the end of his tether,” Mr McInnes added.



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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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