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Red herring in reef bombing probe

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KRABI: Investigators probing the dynamiting of coral in Koh Lanta National Park thought they had made a breakthrough yesterday when a tip-off led them to two men who, they found, were in possession of explosives. Questioning revealed, however, that the two suspects had not been involved in the destruction of the Hin Daeng and Hin Muang reefs. Pol Col Adisak Noypradij of Neuaklong Police Station said, “Yesterday, commanders from the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok came to Krabi to inspect the aftermath of the dynamite fishing at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. “Their sources had told them of two men with dynamite who might have been involved in the events at the national park.” Following up on this information, police arrested two workers at a fish farm in Amphur Nueaklong, after finding 385 grams of TNT and a double-barreled shotgun in their room at the farm. “Both confessed that they had been using dynamite to catch fish, but not at Hin Daeng or Hin Muang,” Col Adisak said. “They said they did it in the klong near where they live. They said that they had obtained the dynamite from a friend in the army.” The two were charged with possessing an unregistered gun and using explosives to fish, but are no longer suspects in the reefs case. Col Adisak explained, “There was no evidence that they carried out the bombing of the reefs because that action would have required a lot of money. It’s big business.” He outlined just how big: “Officers who went there to investigate said many bombs were used and, each time, about a ton of fish died. The market value of the fish they would have caught per bomb is between 300,000 and 400,000 baht,” he added. Investigators are also looking into additional bombings in the Hin Daeng-Hin Muang area, reported to Koh Lanta police on December 14 by Suchai Horadee, chief of Koh Lanta National Park. Pol Capt Nitipong Tongwan of Koh Lanta Police Station said, “We are now trying to find who did that. We have set up a team with Prasit Phuchatwanitkul [the Koh Lanta District Chief] as chairman. “K. Prasit has already asked for cooperation from the Royal Thai Navy, national park officers and dive operators to help us in this case. But so far we don’t have much information.”



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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