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Two boys drown in canal along Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay coast

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PHUKET: Two young boys drowned late yesterday while playing in an estuary near a popular tourist area on Phuket’s east coast.

The boys – Pinitchnan Na Roied, 5, and Wannawut Thanakarn, 7 – were last seen playing in the Klong Mudong canal (map), a large tidal estuary that flows into mangroves along the Phang Nga Bay coast.

A Kusoldham Foundation rescue worker told the Phuket Gazette, “We received a report at 4:38pm from a local resident there that someone had drowned in Klong Mudong, near the Chai Yo Seafood restaurant.

“Witnesses said they saw three boys playing in the water in that area at about 1pm. A fisherman passing by told them to get out of the water because it was moving dangerously fast following the heavy rains.

“But after warning the boys he just went about his business,” he said.

A local resident later saw the body of Pinitchnan floating in the water. He pulled the body out of the water and onto a nearby bridge.

“After realizing who it was he rushed to the homes of the other two boys to check if they were safe. The one boy who was home said he left the creek immediately after being warned by the fisherman. The other two boys stayed to play,” said the rescue worker.

Concerned about Wannawut, who was still missing, local residents checked his friends’ homes before heading back to the bridge to search for him.

“Then the villagers saw something that looked like hair floating below the surface of the water. It was Wannawut. They couldn’t get his body out of the water, so they called us,” the rescue worker said.

“It took our divers about 30 minutes to recover the body. The bodies of both boys are now at Vachira Phuket Hospital,” he added.

Klong Mudong has recently gained popularity among local residents and tourists as a haven away from the busy beach areas such as Patong, Kata and Karon on Phuket’s west coast.

The natural scenery has inspired many artists and been the focus of local photography competitions.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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