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Tourists rescued from tour boat stranded off Koh Phi Phi

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by Sitthichai Sikhawat

Officials from the Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi province and a private boat operator helped 14 Spanish tourists – including four children – return ashore after their boat engine broke down in rough sea between Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Le yesterday afternoon (Saturday).

The Marine Department’s Krabi office continued to warn small boats to stay ashore as strong winds had created waves as high as 2-3 metres. Warnings were also issued by the Marine Department in Phuket and the Thai Meteorological Department.

The video clip of the rescue of the Tiger Marine Charter tour boat with the tourists on board was captured  and shown to the media on Sunday (below).

The tourists were evacuated from the boat by the National Park patrol boat and private operator Arisa Group’s boat in a mission that that lasted more than an hour. The rough sea threatened to slam the tour boat onto the two rescuing vessels. For safety reasons, the passengers swam, assisted, from the stranded vessel to the Park Patrol vessel.

Park chief Woraphot Lomlim said the tour boat had departed Phuket on Saturday morning to the waters off Krabi but it suffered mechanical failure while returning to Phuket when it was near the Koh Phi Phi archipelago.

The guests where on a week charter from the September 15 until today (Sunday). ‘Shangani’ is a 70 foot vessel and remains in Phi Phi whilst the charter company’s engineers assess the situation and affect repairs.

It took the tour boat an hour to finally call for help, as the initial spot had no radio signal, according to the Park Chief. The park officials and the private boat operator headed to the stranded boat, rescued the tourists and brought them to stay overnight at Koh Phi Phi.

The tour boat was towed for repairs to Ao Ton Sai in Muang Krabi, he said.

The tour boat and the tourists would head back to Phuket on Sunday afternoon, he added.

Representatives of Tiger Marine have assured The Thaiger that the passengers were in no danger at any stage, all safety procedures were followed and the passengers have been well cared for.

It’s understood that most of the 12 Spanish tourists have now departed the island.

PHUKET14 Spanish tourists were stranded off Koh Phi Phi when their tour boat's engine stopped. They were transferred onto a National Park vessel by swimming them over to the other boat under supervision from National Park staff. The boat with the engine failure was called 'Shangani'. No one injured, all tourists safe.

Posted by The Thaiger on Saturday, September 15, 2018

SOURCE: The Nation



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Phuket house keeper keeps 2,600 meth pills and 3kg of marijuana at house in Rawai

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A Rawai house keeper has been arrested with 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana.

A team of Border Patrol Police has arrested 47 year old Wanlee ‘Mai’ Eiadkerd. Police seized 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana inside a house in Rawai.

The arrest follows police first arresting a Thai woman with methamphetamine pills in Chalong. She told police she got the drugs from a woman called ‘Wanlee’. She said that Wanlee is a house keeper at a house in Soi Yanui, Rawai.

Police continued the investigation and found Wanlee at the house. Police didn’t find any drugs in the house but Wanlee volunteered information that she kept drugs in another house in Sai Yuan, Rawai where she also works as a house keeper.

She was taken to Chalong Police Startion and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and 5 Drugs with intent to sell.

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Phuket police launch search for man in Facebook post pointing a gun at his head

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Last night Phuket Police launched a manhunt after a photo of a man pointing gun at his head went viral in social media.

The Phuket City Police took about five hours to find the house after the photo of the man, who was pointing a gun at his head, along with a depressing message, was posted on the man’s social media page.

Police finally identified the house at Koh Sirey in Rassada, east of Phuket Town. Police found the man had already gone to sleep in his bedroom.

Today police will be questioning him and checking the legality and ammunition with his gun. They will also be urging him to seek help if he is having problems.

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77 year old Swedish tourist rescued at Patong Beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Patong Lifeguard

Lifeguards at Patong Beach rescued a 77 year old Swedish male tourist from drowning after he lost consciousness whilst in the water.

Lifeguards pulled the Swedish tourist, Berlin Goran, out of the water after he passed out whilst swimming at the beach.

Head of Patong lifeguard Somprasong Sangchart says, “We saw other swimmers wave their hands and call for help after they saw Mr Goran fainting face down into the water. We rushed in to retrieve him, he was about 40 metres off shore.

“Mr Goran was unconscious and his pulses was very weak. Lifeguards provided CPR and recovered Mr Goran’s pulse and conciousness. He was rushed to Patong Hospital.”

Doctor says that Mr Goran was very lucky that he was rescued immediately. They say if there was a longer delay he would probably have died.

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