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Seabed sculptures to draw divers

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ANDAMAN COAST: The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) plans to install novel underwater attractions off the six Andaman provinces affected by the tsunami. The underwater structures and designs are ostensibly to attract divers in lieu of tsunami-damaged coral.

The Marine Science Faculty of Kasertsart University will be the main consultant to the project after the DMCR approached the faculty to design the structures.

Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, of the Marine Science Faculty at the university, is the chief adviser to the project. He told the Gazette that its main objectives are to make sub-aqua Thailand more attractive for scuba divers, and in the process to tap into the lucrative dive industry.

“The tsunami affected a lot of the Andaman’s underwater landscape, with about 19% of coral affected at Surin Island and the Similans,” he said.

“This project doesn’t aim to replace the coral itself, but we do want to attract more divers. We will place the sculptures on flat sand, away from the coral.”

Dr Thon explained that, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand statistics, about 300,000 overseas divers come to enjoy the country’s spectacular dive sites each year, and about 80,000 Thais are also certified card-holding scuba divers.

“Don’t forget that the two biggest income sources in the tourism industry are diving and golf,” he added.

“This is not a ‘dream project’ – it will happen in the Andaman coastal provinces before March next year, and funding has already been approved. Exactly where we will place the sculptures will be decided by officials in each province.”

The cement structures will be sunk two-rai “gardens” in the waters off Ranong, Satun, Trang, Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga, with a budget of four million baht per province. The structures will differ from province to province, but the same method and placement techniques will be used. They will be two meters high and will be sunk in 10-12 meters of water.

Themes vary. For example, Satun Province has plans to sink pirate statues off Tarutao Island – a nod towards its wild and lawless past.

Krabi Province will place underwater Stone Age-themed figures off Phi Phi Island.

Phuket aims to sink a Thai-style house off Koh Racha, and Ranong will follow a traditional Thai story theme with statues of Phra Apai Manee.

Phang Nga plans to sink concrete Chinese zodiac signs off the Similans or Surin Island, and Trang will follow its sub-aqua romantic theme of late (Koh Kradan is the site of an annual mass wedding underwater) by sinking sculptures of dugongs shooting “Cupid” arrows.



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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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