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Speedboat pirates raid Thai tanker

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CAPE PANWA: A fuel tanker on its way to Phuket was boarded by six masked men in the Singapore Strait early Friday morning, the pirates making off with more than half-a-million baht in goods stolen from the vessel and its crew.

News of the incident was reported to the Phuket City Police soon after the tanker, Patara Varin 2, reached the Phuket Deep Sea Port about 10 am yesterday.

According to Rear-Admiral Supot Pruksa of the Third Naval Area Command, Patara Varin 2 was on April 21 ordered to transport Jet A-1 fuel from the ARC oil refinery at the Mabtaput Industrial Estate in Rayong to the PTT oil storage facility at the Phuket Deep Sea Port at Cape Panwa.

After loading the fuel at 5:30 pm that day, Capt Pinit Rattanaphan reported engine trouble and spent the night moored at Mabtaput while repairs were carried out.

Patara Varin 2 finally left Mabtaput at 4:45 am on April 22, scheduled to arrive in Phuket about 7 am on April 27, after making the long voyage around Singapore and up to Phuket.

Just after midnight, in the early hours of April 25, Capt Pinit had relieved his deputy of command as the vessel began to enter the busy shipping lanes in the Singapore Strait.

While he was writing a security report, he heard a hatch open. He presumed it to be crew member Rattasart Intima returning to the bridge after a trip to the head, and thought little of it.

A few minutes later, he heard someone call out “Captain” in English.

When he turned to look, he saw ship mechanic Jaras Srimart handcuffed and being led onto the bridge at knife- and gun-point by two masked men.

After throttling down the engines at the pirates’ orders, Capt Pinit too was handcuffed – along with three other crew members who in turn came onto the bridge to see why the engines had slowed.

The six pirates soon had the full 13-member crew in cuffs and began searching every cabin for valuables while two more pirates waited alongside the tanker.

The pirates soon disembarked, racing into the darkness in their 20-foot speedboats, powered by twin 300hp outboards.

There were no injuries reported.

Capt Pinit reported that the incident took place at coordinates 01º 31.5′ N, 104º 24.4′ E while the ship was cruising at 11 knots.

The entire operation lasted 45 minutes, during which the pirates made off with valuables estimated at 597,700 baht. Among the stolen items were cash, gold, 13 mobile phones, four notebook computers, two wristwatches and a CD player.

Among themselves the pirates communicated in Indonesian, Capt Pinit wrote in his report.



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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