American tourist badly injured in rock climbing fall

American tourist badly injured in rock climbing fall

KRABI: Another tourist, this time an American, has been seriously injured while rock climbing in Phuket's neighboring Krabi province. At about 2pm, a rescue team and the Krabi Tourist Police received a report from the 'Railay Rock Climbing Club' that American tourist Eduardo Keane had fallen off a viewpoint from the near-vertical cliff face at Railay Bay. “Mr Keane is seriously injured around his face. One wound around his chin is about 10cm long; his nose is bleeding; and he's badly injured on his right cheek,” Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri told the Phuket Gazette late yesterday. The rescue team used a speedboat to take him a

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 05:48 PM

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Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza

Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza

PHUKET: Following an order by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, a 'task force' of 100 police and soldiers raided 16 massage venues in and near Poonpol Night Plaza last night. The raids were led by Capt Bhavorn Promkeawngam. The purpose of the operation was to suppress illicit behavior, including possession of drugs, working without a permit and human trafficking. Police say the massive effort uncovered five illegal migrant workers, all female, from three venues, as follows: – at the Violin Massage parlor: 1 Lao, 2 Hill Tribe girls from the north of Thailand (non-Thai)– at the Angel Massage parlor: 1 Cambodian– at th

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 12:08 PM

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Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

PHUKET: Patong police yesterday arrested a ladyboy who stole an iPhone from a French tourist on Patong beach. “Mr Montree Srijantra, 24, was arrested near the Paris Star guesthouse in Patong following a complaint by the tourist,” said Capt Jarun Jaisuntud of Patong Police. “On June 19, we received a report from Mr Marcel Sawcho that his iPhone 6 was stolen at the beach opposite the Absolute Pearl intersection with Thaweewong Road. We then checked CCTV footage and found that the suspect was a ladyboy with a brown-white Yamaha motorbike,” he added. Finally, police located him and took a team to make the arrest. “Mr Mo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 05:43 PM

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Australian plunges to death in parasailing mishap

Australian plunges to death in parasailing mishap

PHUKET: A 71-year-old Australian man fell to his death while parasailing at Kata Beach yesterday afternoon. “Roger John Hussey was pronounced dead at Patong Hospital after he fell from a height of 40 meters, which caused severe injuries,” said Lt Suwisit Srirak of Karon Pplice. Mr Hussey was married to a Thai woman named by police as Boosabong Tongsanga who was recording a video of the incident. The boat driver, Monthein Jandang, 45, and the parasail controller, Roongroj Rakcheep, 38 (who went in the air with Mr Hussey), were charged with recklessness causing death. “Mr Roongroj told us that Mr Hussey was nervous and p

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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35-year-old Phuket woman reported missing

35-year-old Phuket woman reported missing

PHUKET: Police are searching for a Phuket woman who has reportedly been missing for seven days. Relatives of 35-year-old Picha Nampadung filed a missing persons report with Chalong Police. Facebook user R'forey Rujirada (whose real name is Rujirada Ornkorat) shared a post on social media saying she was the missing woman’s niece. Ms Rujirada provided a picture of her aunt and asked for any information or help in locating her. The post was widely shared on social media, but no information regarding Ms Picha’s whereabouts has yet come to light. The missing woman was last seen at her rental room in Moo 6, Rawai, where sh

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 12:00 PM

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Citing indelible memories and people, the Phuket Gazette bows out in a nostalgic farewell

Citing indelible memories and people, the Phuket Gazette bows out in a nostalgic farewell

PHUKET: Times change and old media continue to bow to the new. With great regret, the Phuket Gazette is retiring from the field and will cease operations with effect from the end of this month – midnight, July 31. Other than our office, owned by a shareholder (not the Gazette itself), our primary asset has long been the Gazette Online. It has now been sold to a well-funded and rapidly expanding tech-based company in Hong Kong. The sale and the buyer’s plans for the site will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, we continue to wind down in a process that started in November last year with an advisory to our staff. We announc

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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