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Man drowns in Phuket jet-ski accident

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A man has died after falling off from a jet-ski at a lagoon in Thalang yesterday (June 21)

Thalang Police were notified about the incident at a lagoon on Srisoonthorn Road near the Valley Housing estate in Thalang at 4.30pm. Phuket Marine Police, diving rescue workers and the Thalang Police were involved in the search for the body.

The search was taking many hours, hampered by the approaching sunset and the muddy waters. Lighting and air tanks with three more diving teams from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket Office were called to the scene.

At 10.20pm the man’s body was found in 9 metre deep waters in the lagoon.  The body was taken to Thalang Hospital for further examination. The deceased jet-skier was identified as 34 years old Thai man Eakkachai Thonnam.

Capt Jaras Lempan of the Thalang Police says, “Mr Eakkachai is a mechanic at the Yamaha Company in Koh Kaew. He went on the jet-ski at the lagoon to test the vessel after he had conducted repairs. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket and he couldn’t swim well, according to his workmates. While he was making a turn on the jet-ski, he fell off in the middle of the lagoon.”

 

PHOTOS: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

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Russian tourist stung by ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Lifeguards / Newshawk Phuket

A female Russian tourist has sustained a painful sting on her leg from a ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong beach today (September 20).

Patong lifeguards are warning of jellyfish known locally as the ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong Beach.

Fire Jellyfish or Morbakka fenneri can be discovered in tropical watersa. The physical appearance of this jellyfish is slightly larger than most jellyfish. The fire jellyfish can be seen from their pink coloured body, four inch body length and their bell is two-inches in diameter. Their stings are also painful but no worse than other jellyfish.

Patong lifeguards say, “We have provided first aid to a the Russian lady who refused to go to a hospital. If you are stung by one, pouring sea water or vinegar on the affected area can help relieve some of  the pain. Please don’t use fresh water and don’t scratch.”

"Many tourists sustai...
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Soi Dog congratulates the Hanoi people’s committee ban on dog and cat meat trade

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Barely 24 hours after urging citizens to stop eating dogs and cats, Hanoi’s authorities have announced that the sale of dog meat will be banned from the central districts of the city from 2021.


The director of the city’s Department of Animal Health, Nguyen Ngoc Son, told Lao Dong Newspaper on Wednesday (September 12)...


“Following a direction from the city’s People’s Committee that called on residents to ease off eating dog meat, we are building a plan to gradually phase out the slaughtering and trading of dog meat.


“By 2021 there will be no dog meat restaurants in the city centre.”


The People’s Committee had asked city residents the previous day to stop eating dog and cat meat, and urged local district authorities to launch campaigns to warn people about the risks of contracting diseases, includi...

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Koh Payu monkeys have a fruit feast

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PHOTOS: Pongchart Chouehorm

A team of officers from the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre headed out to Koh Payu where monkeys were released to their new home over two months ago. The visit was to check on their welfare and give them a fruit-fest - LOTS of bananas.

Today (September 20), 80 monkeys, which had already been sterilised and released onto Koh Payu off the coast of Phuket, hosted some visitors from the mainland. The island covers 26 rai of land.

Read more about the release of the monkeys to their new home HERE.

Pongchart Chouehorm, the Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre and his team, took the short trip out to Koh Payu.

They took some fresh fruit to feed the monkeys that were settling into their new home. Water levels in a tank were checked to make sure that there ...
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