British man found dead in Buriram
A British man was found dead inside his rented dorm room in the Nang Rong district of Buriram on Sunday.
Neighbours told police the man had not been seen for several days prior to the discovery of his body.
Nation TV reports that the man’s wife had left him after he refused to give up drinking.
Police said they found no sign of a disturbance inside the room. The man’s motorcycle was found inside the property and empty bottles of beer were also discovered next to the body.
Police said the death could be alcohol related and are awaiting autopsy results to determine the official cause of death.
Two Chinese tourists saved from drowning at Patong Beach
Two male Chinese tourists were saved from drowning at Patong Beach at about 7:30pm on Saturday night (Oct 21) by volunteer lifeguards and jet-ski operators, volunteer lifeguard and ex-lifeguard of the Phuket Lifeguard Service (PLS) Mr Somprasong Saengchat told The Phuket News today (Oct 23).
“I had already finished volunteer duties at about 6:40pm. A while had passed, but I was still near the beach talking to other volunteers,” said Mr Somprasong.
“We were notified by jet-ski operators that two Chinese tourists, both men, had been dragged out by the current. When we arrived to the beach, the jet-ski operators were bringing them back to shore,” he added.
“It was very good that the jet-ski operators were still there,” he said.
“Then, I and other lifeguard volunteers performed CPR. They were both in shock, vomiting, in and out of consciousness,” he said.
“Then Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived and they were taken to Patong Hospital. They stayed at hospital for one night, but they are OK now,” he said.
“They were probably in their thirties.”
Meanwhile, Mr Jula Nontree, ex-lifeguard of the PLS and current volunteer at Nai Harn Beach has told The Phuket News that volunteers at some beaches have begun a donation box.
“At Nai Harn Beach we have started a donation box to support some lunch and petrol fees for volunteer lifeguards. People have been donating a little bit previously, but now there is a place to put donations,” said Mr Jula.
“I still go there every weekend, but other volunteers are there on weekdays,” he said.
Mr Somprasong said that he also volunteers the usual lifeguard hours at Patong beach.
“I am there from morning until after 6pm, around 6:40pm, every day. Many beachgoers have been generous to donate, even B30 or so,” he said.
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14 Arrested In More Raids Targeting ‘Black People’
Fourteen people were arrested Saturday evening as raids targeting a specific racial group continued across Bangkok.
Sweeps for people of African origin were conducted in 32 areas including the Bang Na, Udomsuk and Lat Phrao areas. They resulted in the arrests of nine people, seven from Somalia and two from Nigeria, accused of being in the kingdom illegally. Another four Nigerians and an American were charged with overstaying their visas.
The raid was headed by the same police commander who last week arrested 52 people in a raid targeting black people. The authorities have acknowledged they are identifying potential suspects by race.
Surachet Hakpan, head of the 191 emergency response unit, said the operations were being carried out at the government’s behest. He said they were aimed at cracking down on criminals involved in currency counterfeiting, online romance scams and credit card skimming.
Fingerprints and DNA were collected from the suspects, and they were barred from re-entering the country.
Room owners at The IRIS Rama 9-Srinakarin condominium, where many of the suspects were staying, will be charged with sheltering foreigners without notifying the authorities
After the Oct. 16 raids, Surachet said it was part of the tightened security measures ahead of the royal cremation ceremony.
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Chinese cruise ships bringing big business to Koh Samui
Channel 7 reported on the voyage of a large luxury cruise liner from China visiting Koh Samui for the first time.
It was anchored off the port of Nathon and 2,000 visitors came ashore and were expected to spend millions of baht in their day on the island.
Cruise ships are increasingly visiting Koh Samui with the current figure of Chinese ships and those from countries like Singapore visiting the gulf of Thailand topping 50 per year.
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Public Discouraged From Drinking But Booze Won’t Be Banned
The Department of Health has urged the public to refrain from drinking alcohol this week in honor of the Late King Bhumibol, a spokesman said Monday.
The letter was widely shared on social media and interpreted as a government order, but department spokesman Asadang Ruayajin said it’s not compulsory.
“This is not a law. We’re merely asking for cooperation. It’s not legally binding,” Asadang said by phone. “We are doing this together for the king.”
Consuming alcohol is considered sinful in Buddhism, and refraining from drinking is generally seen as generating good karma.
Asadang added that the Alcohol Control Board, which regulates booze sales, will not issue any ban on alcohol consumption or sales during the royal cremation ceremony. The cremation is set to take place on Oct. 26.
However, nightlife is expected to go dark, as a growing number of businesses have announced they’d shut their doors Thursday, which has also been declared a public holiday by the government.
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Two dead as Thai father shoots son-in-law then turns gun on daughter who was filming
A Thai man shot his son-in-law and then his daughter after an argument at a drinking party.
The father had only been out of jail for a year after serving time for another murder.
Next to the open door of the van was Thinkorn Cheuawong, 44, from Lopburi, dressed just in brown shorts who had been shot in the forehead.
Nearby in pink shirt and long black pants was Jeeranan Dee-em, 38, who had been shot in the left side of the chest.
Two 11 mm shell casings were found and taken into evidence.
Police were told that the shooter was the woman’s father Sanan Dee-em who had been arguing over land with his son-in-law at a drinks party.
Thinkorn had decided to leave and go to his vehicle but Sanan followed him and shot him in the head.
His daughter who was filming the incident on her mobile phone was then shot too.
Police are searching for Sanan who Daily News said had only been out of jail for just over a year after serving time for murder.
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All safe as Phuket tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill
Patong police confirmed that there were no injuries or damage after a tour bus experienced break problems on Patong Hill and the driver had to direct it to the side of the road to prevent what could be another accident on the notorious road.
As The Phuket News were told, the bus experienced break problems so the driver directed it to the side of the road and safely stopped there without any injuries and damage.
“The driver started fixing the bus at about 2.15 pm and by 2.45 the vehicle left the scene,” one of traffic police officers told The Phuket News.
“Traffic is flowing smoothly right now,” he added.
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Wild elephant died three days after being rescued from stream
The wild male elephant which was rescued from Khlong Chompoo in the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park in Phitsanulok’s Noen Maprang district and brought to the elephant hospital in Lampang for treatment has died, wildlife officials have confirmed.
The elephant, which has been named “Chompoo”, was swept away by flash flood and fell into Khlong Chompoo, a stream in the national park, on Oct 17. He got stuck in the stream for over 26 hours before being rescued on Oct 18. He was then transported to the elephant hospital in Lampang on Oct 19.
On arriving at the hospital, Chompoo was weak, unable to stand or walk as the hind legs sustained injuries.
Today (Oct 21), a team of veterinarians used a crane to lift up the elephant to perform an enema for an examination. The elephant tried to stand on its own feet, showing a sign of improvement. A massage was performed on its hips and hind legs to increase the blood circulation.
Taweechok Angkhawanich, the veterinarian, said Chompoo was bleeding in the spine. It was given antibiotics, water and food solutions. The elephant has been given 200 litres of saline solution per day as it eats only a little food but does not drink water.
He said it was still not know it would have a problem with its bones.
However, in late afternoon, the elephant’s condition deteriorated and succumbed to injuries. The jumbo died three days after he was pulled out from the stream.
A senior official at the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department said the veterinarians would conduct an autopsy to find out the cause of the death.
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Thai arrested for robbing, injuring French businessman on Koh Samui
Police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly robbing and injuring a French real estate developer on Koh Samui.
Pongsakorn Kaewmeesri, 24, from Chiang Rai, was arrested in Tambon Borphut of Samui district.
Police said that Pongsakorn, and another suspect previously arrested, robbed a French real estate developer while he was at home with his Thai wife, Supaporn Jaipongsai, 33, in Tambon Bophut at 2am on October 17.
Police said Pongsakorn made off with assets worth Bt200,000 after stabbing the Frenchman in his right arm.
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Upper Thailand warned of thundershowers and sharp mercury drop
The Meteorological Department Saturday warned the people in upper Thailand to brace themselves for possible thundershowers, gusty winds and a sharp drop in temperature.
In its ninth warning issued at 11 am on Saturday, the department explained that the weather would change quickly because of a strong high-pressure system that now covers the lower China.
The department said the high pressure was expected to cover upper Vietnam and Laos by Saturday night and then extend to the Northeast of Thailand on Sunday.
It said the high pressure, which is a cold mass, will crash with hot and humid conditions over upper Thailand, resulting in outbreaks of variable weather conditions probably including thundershowers and gusty winds. Heavy rains could also occur, and may be followed by a decrease in temperature by 2-5 degrees Celsius.
Affected areas are as followings:
October 21-22: Northeast. Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram.
October 22-23: North. Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet.
Central. Nakhon Sawan, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sing Buri, Ang Tong, Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Phatom, Samut Songkram including Bangkok and its vicinity.
East. Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chachoengsao and Chon Buri.
October 24-26: South. More rain with isolated heavy falls, but less rain in the upper part of country.
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