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Divers recovering the last body from ‘Phoenix’

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A body, a passenger on ‘Phoenix’ when the boat sank last Thursday and found stuck and unable to be removed by divers, is hopefully going to be recovered today. The task to recover the last body inside the boat started early this morning.

On a separate search, one male body was found yesterday (July 11) near Phi Phi Island in Krabi which is believed to be another of the Chinese victims. The body is awaiting identification.

There were a total of 89 tourists on the ‘Phoenix’, mostly Chinese, when it sank last Thursday afternoon. There were 42 survivors. 46 deceased have been recovered from inside the boat and the surrounding waters, mostly between Koh Hei and Koh Racha.

Three vessels from the Royal Thai Navy were deployed from the port at Sri Panwa at 5.45am today heading to the area of the sunken boat. Divers from the Royal Thai Navy, the Guangzhou Salvage team from China and Kusoldharm rescue divers joined in the search of the last body (47th).

The dive operation involves two divers at a time, diving for 20 minutes to survey and remove some sand. The second pair of divers will do the same. The third team of divers from China will dive down to cover the body which will then be brought back to the surface.

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Newborn baby found on bench in Phuket

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A newborn baby was found on a bench at a neighborhood by Phuket’s Patong Road. The baby boy was wrapped in cloth and left inside a reusable shopping bag. The bag also had a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing.

A woman walking by early in the morning heard the baby crying. She followed the cries and found the baby on the bench. She called police and calmed the baby, feeding him milk that was left in the bag.

Police took the baby to the Patong Hospital. The baby, about a week old, is in good health, police say.

“Police and rescue workers together rushed to the scene and called Patong Hospital to have a medical team meet us there … This baby is healthy and does not appear to have suffered any injuries. He is now safe and being cared for at Patong Hospital.”

Police are reviewing surveillance camera footage to see if they can track down the mother, or whoever left the baby behind.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Loose electrical wire causes passing motorbike to burst into flames – VIDEO

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A hanging electrical wire caused a passing motorbike to burst into flames, injuring a 25 year old and a 15 year old. Pathum Thani locals had put 2 chairs out in the road as a warning for the hanging wire. But the chairs weren’t enough to signal the motorbike driver to change lanes.

The 25 year old teacher drove straight into the loose wire and his bike burst into flames. 30% of his body was burned. The 15 year old passenger was slightly injured, Thai media reports. Apparently, it was the second time the loose wire caused a bike to catch on fire.

A former rescue worker was on his way home when the incident occurred. He had a fire extinguisher in his car and was able to quickly put out the fire. The dash camera on his car recorded the incident, showing the motorbike suddenly bursting into flames.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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240 kilograms of marijuana found in truck after police chase, driver still on the run

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Border patrol officers chased a pickup truck and seized 240 kilograms of marijuana they say was smuggled across the Thai-Laos border. In the chase, the driver allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, hitting another car before ditching his vehicle and running off.

Officers say they believe the marijuana was smuggled across the Mekong River from Laos and then it was piled in the truck at the border province Nong Khai. After receiving a tip about a truck smuggling marijuana in the Nong Khai province, officers caught up with the truck in Mukdahan.

When officers followed the bronze Toyota pickup truck, the truck suddenly swerved across the median and drove against the flow of traffic before colliding with an oncoming car. The driver then got out of the truck and ran off. Police say there were no injuries.

Officers searched the truck and found 240 bars of dried marijuana. Each compressed bar weighed 1 kilogram. The truck was also confiscated by the customs office. Police are still investigating. The driver has not been found.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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