Sattahip District launched a reorganization of the area’s motorcycle taxis by drug testing more than 453 drivers.
District Chief Parinya Phothisut joined personnel from the Sattahip Naval Base for the Feb. 20 operation. Motorcycle taxis were organized into three sub-districts - Samae San, Bang Saray and Muang Sattahip - and 49 taxi stands were checked. All the 453 drivers proved drug-free.
Two French nationals were seriously injured in a freak parasailing accident that saw them vaulted 200 meters into the air to the top of a Jomtien Beach hotel.
A Russian man was injured after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Sattahip.
Maksim Sergeev, 47, suffered cuts to the legs and body and broken bones in the Feb. 17 accident near the 173-kilometer marker on Sukhumvit Road. He was taken to Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center for treatment.
EMTs render assistance to the injured Russian accident victim.
Witness Natthachai Sangsri said Sergeev, towing luggage behind him, was crossing Sukhumvit Road when he was hit the by the black car in front of him. The car stopped for a moment then sped away. Natthachai stopped to render assistance, but did not catch the license plate of the hit-and-run driver.
A Buriram monk was disrobed and charged with drunk driving after slamming a friend’s car into five vehicles in Sattahip.
Sudjai Somanee, ordained as Phra Sudjai Jitsaro, tested with a blood-alcohol 182 percent of the legal limit on Feb. 16 at the Bang Saray intersection of Sukhumvit Road. The red Mitsubishi he was driving hit two cars and three pickup trucks.
A disabled woman died after her Plutaluang home burned in a fire suspected to have been started by a jumble of electrical wires outside.
The body of Non Jaitiangtae, 57, was pulled from the ashes of the house in the Siprapat old market community at the 10th-kilometer marker of Sukhumvit Road Feb. 11.
A scuba-diving student drowned taking a course on Sattahip’s current-swept Hardeep shipwreck.
Poonsak Thipburin, 39, was on a course with 20 other Thai and foreign students at the 26-meter-deep shipwreck off Samae San Feb. 10 when the Nakhon Pathom native apparently tried to surface and was swept away and drowned.
Royal Thai Navy ship 112 recovered the body and returned it to a navy pier in Sattahip and, after, Sattahip Km. 10 Hospital.
Instructor Siriwat Rukthum, 38, said his student had been training for a week.
The Hardeep, a freighter sunk in World War II, sits between two headlands and is often subjected to vicious currents that even experienced divers can find tricky.
Sattahip police say a viral video of a rock-throwing attack allegedly ignored by authorities likely is a fake.
Col. Metawit Praditpol, superintendent at Sattahip Police Station, said a closer examination of the video shared widely on Facebook Feb. 12 does not depict events detailed in comments by the video poster and looks to have been filmed in a different area. Furthermore, the video poster has refused to talk more with police about the incident.
A woman who claimed she didn’t know she was seven months pregnant surprised herself and her employer when she gave birth in her Sattahip hotel’s restroom.
Sattahip-area dog lovers have come to the aid of an elderly man who quit his full-time job to care for 32 dogs, one of whom “drives” with him on a route to collect food.