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Authorities have been visiting injured passengers and staff of ‘King Poseidon’ in Phuket and Krabi while a meeting regarding the accident will be held today (January 15) chaired by Phuket’s Governor as well as an investigation at the accident scene by Krabi authorities.

The ‘King Poseidon’ was a 3-engine speed boat with 28 year old Kriengkrai Boonsri as the captain. It left the Thai Morning Sun Pier in Rassada at 9.30 am yesterday (January 14). There were 31 people on board, 4 of them were Thai crew, one of them was a Chinese tour leader and 26 of them were Chinese passengers including 3 children. The injured were sent to different hospitals in Krabi and Phuket.

The captain and two Chinese passengers, 61 year old Aou Jia and 24 year old Zui Zing were sent to Krabi Hospital and Krabi Nakarin International Hospital.

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Chief of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Supot Limlom, says that the boat has sunk after the incident and the team from the national park office have attached some buoys to the wreckage to warn the boats passing the area. The boat will be salvaged as part of the investigation.

There were also 4 other injuries sent to Phuket including 3 Chinese passengers; 63 year old Li Meihua, 27 year old Kwang Tei Hong and 26 year old Ganli Xia, who were sent to Bangkok Hospital and 45 year old Prayad Saengwiman, a boat staff member, was sent to the Phuket OrBorJor Hospital.

At about 6 pm the rest of the passengers, who suffered from minor to moderate injuries, were transported to Bangkok Hospital and Vachira Hospital.

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The Vice Governor,Prakob Wongmaneerungroja, and Muang Phuket District Office Chief, Sub Lieutenant Wikrom Jaktee, along with authorities and the representative of the boat company, Apple Tour, were standing by the Bangkok Hospital to assist the injured passengers.

“We will fully cover the medical costs with the maximum amount of 500,000 Baht and 1 million Baht in case of any casualties,” said the representative of the tour company and Siam City Insurance.

“We still don’t know the real cause of the explosion but the boat staff say that there was a spark and oil leak on the boat starting just before the fire and explosion. However, we have to wait for a full police investigation.”

Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor, Norapat Plodthong visited one injured passenger at Vachira Hospital and 7 injured Bangkok Hospital at 7 pm last night.

“The injuries are mainly burns. They are being carefully supervised by the surgeons of Bangkok Hospital. We will contact the Chinese Consul in Phuket about the accident and tomorrow (Monday), we will hold a meeting about the incident to discuss better safety and the help we can provide for the injured tourists,” said the Governor.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Bangkok Hospital, Doctor Lalita Kongseeha, said that one of the passengers sent to the hospital can already go home while 3 of them have burn wounds and need to stay at the hospital for at least one week with intensive care from specialists. According to the doctor, one of them has burns on 22% of his body and another one, 33% of their body.

Also last night, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, headed to Krabi to visit 2 injured passengers who staying in the Krabi Nakarin International Hospital and the boat captain who is in ICU at Krabi Hospital.

“I was very worried when I heard about the news. I canceled all my appointments and rushed to Krabi. The passengers suffered from Category 2 burns on 30% to 50% of their bodies. They are now in a sterile environment and closely taken care of by the medical team.

“The investigation needs more information from the captain, who will remain in ICU awaiting further recovery. The Krabi Forensic Police and Marine Officers are visiting the scene to further investigate the causes of the explosion.”

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6 face extortion charges after allegedly posing Thai immigration police officers

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Police have arrested 3 people and issued arrest warrants for 3 others on extortion charges after they allegedly posed immigration police officers in Rayong and visited business owners with migrant staff, asking them for money.

Police say 6 men wearing immigration police uniforms visited business owners in Rayong on September 15. They allegedly asked for money from the businesses with migrant labourers. Using surveillance camera footage, police say the men met at a petrol station on Khao Lam Road in Chon Buri’s Sriracha district before getting into 3 cars and driving off to Rayong. Police say the men met again at the petrol station in the afternoon.

Investigators where able to track down 3 of the suspects and found the immigration police uniforms the allegedly used. The men face charges of impersonating police officers and extortion. They’ve issued arrest warrants for the 3 others allegedly involved.

“From the footage, we have managed to track down and arrest 3 suspects namely Wisanu or Saneh (45), Ekachai or Dum (36) and Ratchanon or Bank (32). We also found a Toyota pickup truck and the police uniforms that they used on that day.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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145 more on Special Tourist Visa arrive in Bangkok

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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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3 Chinese casino workers arrested with 8 million baht after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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Officers from the Thai police and military have arrested 3 Chinese nationals after they crossed illegally into Thailand from the Burmese town of Myawaddy. Thai Residents reports that the 2 women and 1 man were workers at a casino in Myanmar and were arrested in possession of 8 million baht. Officers detained them as they were getting into 2 cars allegedly arranged for them by 2 Thai men .

The arrests happened in the district of Mae Sot, in the northern Thai province of Tak, where border patrols have been increased in light of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Myanmar. The Chinese nationals crossed the Moei River, which separates Myawaddy and Mae Sot, with the assistance of a Burmese national. It’s understood they were attempting to flee Myanmar due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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