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PHUKET: Beachgoers along Phuket’s west coast would have had a hard time not noticing a flotilla of superyachts massing in Nai Harn Bay this week then moving up the coast to Pansea Bay yesterday.

Leading the fleet, in Phuket for the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, is the 74-meter MY Silver Zwei launched just last year.

The Silver Zwei is rated as the world’s fastest conventionally powered motor yacht and the longest yacht made from all aluminum.

In Phuket today, the yacht was one of the main attractions at the 2010 Dubai Yacht Show in March.

The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and 10 years with world-renowned shipbuilder Feadship as principal sponsor.

The exclusive event brings together world-cruising superyachts, their owners, captains, crews and guests in an extravagant event where the focus is very much on fun and socializing.

Among the fleet are 50-meter S/Y Perseus built by Perini Navi in 2001; the M/Y Maverick II, built by Sterling in 1988; the Thailand-based 40.3m M/Y My Lady Arraya built by Oceanfast in 1990; the 36m S/Y Vie Sans Soucis built by Kings Yachts in Taiwan as well as M/Y Noble House, M/Y Major Affair and M/Y Callavino.

The first day of the event on Thursday saw the owners’ and captains’ briefing conducted by Race Director Andy Dowden and PRO Simon James at the Royal Phuket Yacht Club at Nai Harn, followed by a cocktail party hosted aboard MY Lady Arraya.

The first day “on the water” on yesterday began at a very civilized 10:30am with the S/Y Perseus having the honor of sailing first across the Nai Harn Bay start line, leading the fleet north to Pansea Bay.

The yachts are scheduled to stage another sailing event today before heading ashore to conclude the Rendezvous with a VIP “Boat International Media Group Gala Dinner” at The Surin Phuket.

Organizers Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Phuket and veteran America’s Cup sailor Capt Charles Dwyer of 116-foot, Phuket-based yacht Yanneke Too praised the event sponsors for making the exclusive event possible.

This year renowned boat brokers Merle Wood and Rolling Stock joined as co-sponsors.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital

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So long, farewell. Phuket, which has had the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in Thailand, is closing its first “field hospital” after discharging its final patients. The temporary hospital is closing down, hopefully for good, and will be “put on standby,” as the last patients have recovered, the island’s governor announced yesterday.

The building was actually the unfinished new provincial HQ for the local Phuket government. The building’s completion has been stalled for years with uncompleted contracts and delays. But it has served an important purpose in housing the island’s Covid-19 patients and keeping them away from the main hospitals.

“Today is the day that Phuket has zero Covid-19 patients. I would like to thank all officials and Phuket residents for their efforts and cooperation to make our province finally Covid-19-free. Our next job is to rehabilitate the province’s economy, especially the tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the outbreak.”

The governor was joined at the closing ceremony by representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office, the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Phuket Federation of Industries to hand out 600 survival kits to local people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Phuket’s first field hospital was established in March with 104 beds in a two-storey building. It was staffed with medical professionals from 5 hospitals throughout the province. Some 123 Covid-19 patients were treated at the hospital and all have fully recovered and been discharged. None has tested positive again.

The second field hospital is also on standby, having released its last patient on May 15.

Since the outbreak started, Phuket has reported 227 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of these, 224 patients recovered and 3 died.

With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Road deaths

2 killed after truck slams Phuket power pole – VIDEO

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2 men are dead in Phuket after a truck slammed into a roadside power pole on the notorious Kata hill road, just out of Chalong yesterday. Police say the two men killed were a Thai and a Burmese national.

The deputy chief of Karon police says the accident occurred at about 4:50pm at the mouth of Soi Suksan 1 on Patak road – a windy section of road as it heads up the hill towards Kata Beach. The power pole fell across the road after being hit by the pick up truck, killing the man inside. He was identified as 31 year old Thanapon Prachit a native of Chaiyaphum province.

Another man, passing by on a motorbike, was seriously injured by the falling power pole. He was admitted to Chalong Hospital where but was pronounced dead. The passport found on him identified him as 28 year old Win Myo Hlaing from Myanmar.

The bodies of the victims were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Two men die after truck plows into power pole in Phuket

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A Thai and Burmese man were killed after a work truck collided with a power pole on Kata hill, southern Phuket yesterday afternoon. The deputy chief of Karon police reported that the incident happened near the turn off onto Soi Suksan 1, on the Chalong side of the hill.

The power pole crashed on top of the truck as it fell, killing 31 year old Thanapol Prachit from Chaiyaphum province.

The two bodies were transferred to Vachira Hospital and police are continuing their investigations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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