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Officials scramble as illegal tanker sinks, spills oil into Phuket canal

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PHUKET: Marine Police scrambled this morning to contain an oil spill from an abandoned illegal tanker that sank in the Tah Jeen Canal on the east side of Phuket Town last night.

The sunken boat, modified into an illegal tanker with the capacity to hold an estimated 20,000 liters of diesel oil, was spotted by local villagers at about 7:30am.

“We called in another tanker, the Chok Thavorn 11, which recovered about 10,000 liters of oil from the sunken boat,” Phuket Marine Police Deputy Inspector Jeerayuth Onthong told the Phuket Gazette.

To stop the oil slick from spreading into the canal, which separates Koh Sireh from Phuket, the team of officers installed a containment boom around it.

Officials have yet to estimate how much oil leached into the canal, at the mouth of which sits the busy Rassada Pier (map here), Phuket’s main jump-off point for tourists heading to Phi Phi Island.

“Local residents told us the boat anchored there last night. It’s likely the boat started taking on water still at sea, so the captain would have brought it into the canal to fix it,” Lt Jeerayuth explained.

“He probably abandoned the boat once he realized he couldn’t salvage the boat or the oil,” he added.

Phuket Marine Office records identify the sunken vessel as the Premika, registered as a fresh water tanker owned by Teerakrit Suesakul, from Rassada.

“We have identified the boat and the owner, but we have yet to find him,” Phuket Marine Police Inspector Chatchai Sakdee told the Gazette.

Lt Col Chatchai explained this was not the first time the Premika had been found illegally carrying diesel oil.

“We checked our files and found that the boat was seized two times in 2011. Both times were at the Deep Sea Port,” he said.

“The first time it was seized while illegally carrying 20,000 liters of diesel oil. The second time it was caught with 40,000 liters,” Col Chatchai added.

Lt Jeerayuth explained that if a boat is caught illegally transporting oil, the boat owner will be fined. If he can’t pay the fine, he faces imprisonment.

“Once you pay the fine, the case if finished,” he added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket

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Three people have died and another sustained serious injuries following the collision of two motorbikes in Rawai early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The accident happened on Viset Road in front of a public health centre at 1.30am.

The Honda Wave motorbike driver was 37 years old Siripong Mulikkabut. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, 35 year old Warunee Hosakun, died at the scene.

The driver of a white Ducati model big bike was 48 year old French man Philippe Menduni. He died at the scene.

His passenger 44 years old Pannee Pongkan sustained serious injuries was taken to Vachira Hospital. Witnesses at the scene say she was five months pregnant.

Police say the Honda motorbike driver was heading towards Chalong Circle. When he arrived at the scene, the Ducati Bigbike came from behind and collided into the back of the Honda motorbike.

Police are continuing their investigation. Police also report that none of the riders were wearing helmets.

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