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Phuket boat disaster: Investigation underway. One boat captain now in custody.

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The Chinese boat manager of the ‘Serenata’ is now facing charges in addition to the captain of the ‘Phoenix, which also sunk, who is now in custody.  A Russian jet-ski driver has also been charged. This is all in the wake of last Thursday’s ‘freak’ storm which hit the Andaman coast.

Region 8 Police commander Lt General Sorasak Yenprem says, “the boat captain of ‘Phoenix’ has now being jailed at the Phuket Provincial Court”.

The captains of the two boats, ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Serenata’, that sank off Phuket last Thursday early evening (July 5), have been charged.

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“The Chinese boat manager of the ‘Serenata’ has also been charged with ‘committing an act of negligence causing bodily and mental harm’. He has been sent to Immigration Police for further processing in relation to his current visa standing.”

“A Russian jet-ski driver has also been charged with committing an act of negligence. He was fined 1,000 Baht. His friend who has minor injuries is already back home. The jet ski was also reported missing following the storm last Thursday but was later found with its driver and passenger.”

“Police are continuing to question about 50 witnesses.  We will be taking legal action against anyone, or any company, who has been found committing illegal acts in relation to this tragic incident.”

- Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Thais, Chinese and Burmese arrested over Phuket’s 13 million baht ‘call centre’ gang

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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“Police seized 8 laptops, 4 wi-fi routers, 150 mobile phones, 4 iPad tablets, one money counting machine, 135 credit cards, 6 ATM cards, 52 SIM cards, 13,568,570 baht in cash, 3,800 yuan cash and one new Mercedes Benz CLA 200.”

Representatives of the Tourist Police Bureau, based in Bangkok, have arrested 2 Thais, 22 Chinese and 1 Burmese who were allegedly working for a call-centre scam gang that has stolen some 13 million baht to date. The arrests happened in Patong today.

The arrests come after the Tourist Police were notified by Jilin Police in China that Jilin City has been badly affected by call centre gangs. Some victims have committed suicide over losses from gangs, some of them based in Patong, Phuket.  Jilin Police have worked with Thai Tourist Police to crack down on the call centre gangs in Thailand.

Local Tourist Police Bureau have conducted an investigation and found that many Chinese have been involved in the gangs and are the heading up the setting up of scams in Thailand.

A team of Tourist Police Bureau, led by Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police Bureau, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn, Jilin Police from China, the Phuket Tourist Police and Patong Tourist Police, totaling 80 officers, raided six targeted locations in Patong today.

2 Thais, 22 Chinese and 1 Burmese were found to be involved with the local call centre gang.

5 Chinese and the 1 Burmese have also been arrested for over-staying their visas.

Police seized 8 laptops, 4 wi-fi routers, 150 mobile phones, 4 iPad tablets, one money counting machine, 135 credit cards, 6 ATM cards, 52 SIM cards, 13,568,570 baht in cash, 3,800 yuan cash and one new Mercedes Benz CLA 200.

Maj Gen Surachet says, “This is a large and sophisticated ‘call centre’ gang. We have had good international co-operation, especially with our Chinese counterparts. We are continuing to crack down on other call center gangs. ”

 

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Live hand grenade found in Phuket

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A live M26 hand grenade was found on Patak Road in Karon today (July 18).

Karon Police were notified that an object, similar to a hand grenade, was on Patak Road at 5am this morning.

Experts from Phuket’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit were called immediately to the scene to find the M26 hand grenade near a rubbish bin in front of a Chinese noodle shop (Khanom Jeen).

EOD officers found that the M26 hand grenade was 100% ready to use. The grenade has been taken to a secure location.

Police are continuing their investigation to find the source of the grenade.

 

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60 tourists stuck at Koh Racha

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The Royal Thai Navy were called today (July 18) to bring about 60 tourists back to the Phuket’s Deep Sea Port following another day of strong winds and high seas.

At about noon (July 18) Rawai’s Mayor Aroon Solos was notified that about 60 tourists were stuck at Koh Racha Yai as they are unable to leave the island due to the strong wind and wave, to make it back to Phuket airport for their onward journeys.

Mayor Aroon says, “we contacted the Royal Thai Navy officers to bring tourists back to the land.”

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