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Phuket’s Governor inspects lifeguards at the northern beaches

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has had his first inspection of lifeguards at Mai Khao Beach. There are now five lifeguards at Mai Khao Beach, the long stretch of beach along the northern end of Phuket’s west coast.

Three more lifeguards will be hired.

Governor Norraphat says “Currently there are no beach lights, CCTV camera or tourist service centres at Mai Khao Beach. We have ordered local administrative organisations to install these facilities as soon as possible. Tha Chatchai Police will install a ‘Red Box’ at the beach too which will be staffed with police and security officers. A tourist service centre will be installed as well.”

“Rewards will be given to lifeguards on beaches that don’t have any injuries or tourist deaths from preventable marine incidents. Lifeguards are being provided with ongoing rescue and English-language training. If any more equipment is needed, please inform local administrative organisations. They are all prepared to help and have a stake in maintaining safe beaches on the island.”

After that officials went to visit Nai Yang Beach.

Governor Norraphat says “The topography of Nai Yang Beach is not generally a risk for marine incidents. Most incidents to beachgoers at Nai Yang are injuries from jelly fish. The Sirinat National Park have provided four officials who are working from 9am to 5pm every day. These national park officials have been trained in marine rescue skills.”

“The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO or OrBorJor) is supporting a budget for Sakoo Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) to hire four more lifeguards. So Nai Yang Beach will end up with a total of eight lifeguards.”

   

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Motorbike driver killed in Thepkasattri road

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a pickup truck last night (August 20).

The incident happened near the new Honda Marine showrooms and offices on Thepkrasattri road, southbound, at about 11.45pm last night.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a damaged motorbike on the road. Nearby they found the body of a motorbike driver who was later identified as 20 year old Nakarin Noognern from Phang Nga.

Nearby was a pickup truck. The 24 year old driver, Satawat Raksamerwong from Udon Thani, was waiting for police.

Police say that Nakarin was driving his motorbike at high speed heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. Satawat was driving the pickup and allegedly cut across the path of the motorbike.

Khun Nakarin wasn’t wearing a helmet and no alcohol or drugs were not detected on Satawat following a drug test. Police are yet to press charges at this stage.

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Muay Thai for five year olds – Sport or child abuse?

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Video of two five year olds fighting in a boxing ring has sparked a lot of reaction. The young kids in the 17 kilo division (yes, there’s such a thing) are shown punching each other’s heads, with the occasional kick, as a crowd of baying adults urge them on.

Sanook reports that as one boy is repeatedly forced into a corner the referee makes no attempt to seriously intervene. He merely lets the boys continue flailing at each other in the center of the ring.

Neither child is wearing any head protection.

The video – posted by “Yuthaphoom Khunseuk Tragoonyang” – goes on for a full two minutes. You can watch the video HERE.

Sanook say opinion fell into two camps – one group were praising this as an expression of Thai culture though the national sport of Muay Thai, the other condemning it as nothing more than child abuse for the pleasure of adults that violated the rights of children.

Sanook said that doctors at Mahidol University have stated that 100,000 children under the age of 15 are competing in Muay Thai prize fights in Thailand. They point out that children of this age should not be fighting due to potential damage to the brain.

The Thaiger story about the Mahidol University report HERE.

Sanook said that moves are currently being made to seek a change in the law that allows such “sport”.

SOURCE: Sanook

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