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KRABI: The diving community along the Andaman coast is in an uproar after fishermen used dynamite to blast fish around the famed coral reefs at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, destroying both the reefs and the marine life around them. Both sites are underwater mountains in Koh Lanta National Park. Hin Daeng, which has a peak that pokes above the surface at low tide, was well known for its red-colored coral. Hin Muang was renowned for its purple coral. Patrick Catellani, the manager of Kon-Tiki Diving & Snorkeling Center, told the Gazette, “Every time for the past two weeks, our boats have come back with reports of boats fishing illegally in protected areas, using dynamite. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang have been destroyed by bombing. There are no fish left alive. And the coral is completely gone.” Yann Guillet, a divemaster with Kon-Tiki, discovered some bombs that didn’t detonate. “I found some packages of dynamite that didn’t blow up. We pulled them out of the water and found that three of them had dynamite inside. “Our captain radioed the Marine Police and told them what we’d found, but since then nothing has happened,” he added. Prasit Phuchatwanitkul, Koh Lanta’s District Chief, told the Gazette, “We have contacted the Chief of Koh Lanta National Park and asked him to hurry up and find the people responsible for the bombing. “I’ve asked tourists and dive operators to help by keeping an eye on the area because there aren’t enough officers at the national park, and Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are very far away [from the mainland].” Both sites are about 40 kilometers from Koh Lanta, where the national park officers are stationed. “We don’t have enough men to tackle this by ourselves, but we have asked the navy for help and this [incident] has already been reported to the Royal Forestry Department and the Department of Fisheries,” he said. K. Prasit added that the perpetrators are believed to be one of two groups: the first is from outside Krabi, while the other is a group of local fishermen. “So far we don’t know who exactly did it or why,” he said. “I think they wanted to get the fish to sell, but by using bombs they have destroyed all the fish and all the coral as well.” Subin Chayaburakul, Chairman of the Krabi Tourism Association, said, “The bombings at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang have greatly affected Krabi’s tourism. These were the most beautiful diving spots in the world. “National park officers should pay more attention to protecting our environment. We want to present a beautiful, quiet environment to our visitors.”



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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