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Beachgoers banned from swimming at Phuket beaches until crocodile is caught

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Swimmers have been banned on all beaches in Phuket while the crocodile hunting operation is still in operation.

Phuket is preparing to announce urgent crocodile registration measures in order to keep track of all known crocodiles in the area in accordance with the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.

Governor Norraphat Plodthong says, “We are preparing to announce registration for all crocodiles in Phuket. Anyone who has a crocodile must register the reptile or else they will offending under Section 49 of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.”

“Any person who possessing protected wildlife acquired by breeding or a carcass of protected wildlife acquired by breeding without permission, under Section 19, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding 10,000 baht, or both.”

“We have checked all five crocodile farms in Phuket. No crocodile has been lost from those farms. We will have a better idea where the crocodile is from when we catch it.”

“The ‘best guess’ from everyone who has seen the crocodile, is that it’s about 1.5 metres long. It is not a big crocodile and not as fierce or dangerous as larger ones. As this crocodile is not from a crocodile farm, it might be from unregistered sources, from an area around Phang Nga Bay or someone might have released it.”

“Swimmers have been banned on every beach until the crocodile is caught. Anyone with any information about the crocodile or if they’ve seen it, please call 092 -2468366 , 081 8673664 for 24 hours.”

Phuket’s elusive west-coast crocodile was last seen last night (July 23) at Tri Trang Beach. Today, crocodile hunters are focussing their attention around the waters of Paradise and Patong Beach where the crocodile is believed to be heading.

Read more HERE.

Yesterday Daren Jenner from the International Surf Life Saving Association called for a ban for all swimmers until the crocodile was found.

“The salt water crocodile is an apex predator and dangerous if it comes in contact with people. Until we know exactly what species it is we must take precautions.”

Interview with Daren HERE.

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  1. Asterix

    July 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    So, snorkeling and scuba diving should be prohibited as well!

    All Phuket hotels may be sued in court for not informing on time tourists and oversea tour-operators about the ban! Amazing.

    It’s may be the same crocodile(s) that OrBorTor Chalong was looking for since few months with sign-boards at many ponds to inform local folks.

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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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