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Reward offered for stolen yacht

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PHUKET: A reward of US$4,000 (180,000 baht) has been offered for information leading to the recovery of the yacht “Dreamtime”, reported missing from its mooring in Ao Chalong on Thursday. The five-million-baht yacht belongs to a British man who returned from working offshore to find it gone. Dreamtime is the third yacht in 10 years to disappear in similar circumstances, said Jan Jacobs, Director of Thai Marine Leisure, which handles the yacht’s insurance. “Apparently, there is a group of people who watch boats. When they spot one that has had nobody aboard it for a while, they load it up with drugs, deliver the drugs to another vessel in international waters, and then dump the yacht somewhere else. “The last boat they stole like this was called ‘Satisfaction’. It was found on the East Coast of Thailand. The one before that was found in the Philippines. “We have been in touch with all the marinas in the region and have tried to contact all the marine authorities to ask them to look out for the boat. We have told them that we suspect it’s being used for drug-running – this may interest the authorities a little bit more, and we hope we will get some news soon. “There is a reward of US$4,000 dollars for anybody who can help us get the boat back. “We know now that the boat was stolen about 14 days ago because someone told us he had seen it 10 to 12 days ago. He was not quite sure where, but he thought it was in Langkawi,” said Mr Jacobs. Pol Maj Prasert Srikunnarat, of Phuket Marine Police, told the Gazette, “We have done our utmost to find the yacht in the area that we are responsible for, but have found no trace of it. “We assume that it has now left Thai waters. If it is found in another country, we will have to co-ordinate with that country’s marine police to bring it back.” Dreamtime is a Cape North ketch, 43′ 2″ l.o.a., with a white hull above reddish-brown antifouling. It has a black boot top and tow rail, and a one-inch-thick black hull stripe. The Bimini and sail covers are navy blue. The boat also has an eight-man life raft, clearly visible atop the aft cabin.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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