Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Multiple Drownings, Oil Found on Beaches, and More

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, July 31st, 2023, to Sunday, August 6th, 2023.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. A Thai man has been reported missing after he went swimming in the sea ignoring red flags at a beach in Thalang.

Red flags were in place for no swimming because of strong wind and waves.

A body of a Thai man was found on large rocks at a beach in the Thalang district.

 Friends of Tawat have unofficially confirmed to The Phuket Express that the body was indeed Mr. Tawat.

2. Two Indian tourists drowned at Karon Beach, Mueang Phuket, after allegedly ignoring red flags and no swimming warnings.

Red flags were placed on the beach which meant no swimming allowed placed along the beach.

3. A shirtless and shoeless South African man was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after he caused a public nuisance.

His relatives told police that the South African man was nervous about a job and had not slept for three days.

4. Police chased after a Nigerian man in a sedan ,whose passport had expired about four years prior, for about 20 kilometers and later seized cocaine at a house in Phuket where the man resided.

Mr. Ananere is expected to be blacklisted and deported. He did not immediately enter a plea and is facing significant jail time for the cocaine and resisting arrest.

5. A Russian tourist drowned at a beach in Thalang, allegedly ignoring red flags and no swimming warnings.

This is the fifth person to drown recently in Phuket during this past week, with four of them being foreign tourists. 

6. Oil stains were found on several beaches in Thalang along with a baby sea turtle that appeared to have been impacted by the oil.

Samples of oil were collected to investigate the source and the oil stains were immediately cleaned from the beaches.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.