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Rough seas hurl two boats onto the rocks

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PATONG: Two tour boats being towed from Phuket to Ranong ended up on the rocks on Saturday afternoon after the line connecting them to their tugboat snapped in rough seas. A call came in to Marine Police from a friend on shore who had received a distress call from four crewmen on the “Salten 2”, caught on the rocks near Koh Mayom Ding in Patong Bay. Upon investigation, Marine Police discovered that two boats were actually in trouble. They said that the tugboat, the “Bangkok Orient”, began towing a freighter, the Salten 2 and another tour boat, the “Ofoten 2”, from the Phuket Deep Sea Port to Ranong on Saturday afternoon. At around 3 pm, the boats reached Patong Bay and met rough seas. The cable connecting the Salten 2 to the freighter broke, and the waves hurled the Salten 2 and the Ofoten 2 away from the tugboat. Then the cable connecting the two tour boats also broke, sending them off in different directions. The crewmen on Salten 2 managed to swim back to the beach in front of Thavorn Beach Village Hotel before the Marine Police arrived at about 1 am yesterday. The Ofoten 2 was later found off Tai Pao Beach near the Thavorn Beach Village Hotel with its two crewmen still on board. The Marine Police radioed the Bangkok Orient and found that it was already anchored in Patong Bay, along with the freighter. The crewmen all escaped injury. The hulls of both boats were cracked and they remain stuck on the rocks.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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