The Royal Thai Navy captured a Malaysia-registered oil tanker smuggling more than 100,000 liters of oil into Thailand, arresting five Thai crewmembers and seizing about a million baht in cash.
A lightning strike that felled three electric poles cut power for 12 hours in Sattahip.
Power throughout the district was affected by the April 8 blackout when lightning hit a power pole near Sukhumvit Road. The pole fell and dragged down two others, damaging 15 rooms in a commercial building near Sukhumvit Road.
Four vehicles also sustained damage, though no one was hurt. Total damage was estimated at 2 million baht.
Luckily no one was hurt when lightning struck a power pole in Sattahip.
Regional navy officials held sea and coastal conservation activities to celebrate HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday.
Vice Adm. Suchiep Wangmaithree, commander of Navy Region 1, chaired the March 31 event on Koh Khram in Samae San, Sattahip. Many government authorities, navy and residents joined in the activity.
The Sattahip Naval Base planted 1,600 Siamese Rosewood trees to honor HRH Princess Sirindhorn for her 60th birthday.
Vice Adm. Wipak Noyjinda oversaw the March 26 merit-making activity at Khlong Bang Pai Lake in Ban Chang’s Samnakton village with the mayors of Ban Chang and Pla, community leaders, students and government workers.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden marked National Elephant Day with merit making and a feast for the beasts.
Park Director Kampol Tansatcha and employees led 65 elephants to the March 13 merit-making ceremony with nine monks from Samakkee Banpot Temple and its abbot Kasemkittisophon. They blessed the elephants with holy water.
Construction crews working near Samae San’s Rim Talay Resort unearthed a mortar shell at least a decade old.
Sattahip police were notified March 17 and called in naval ordinance specialists to defuse the shell, which was found by a drain pipe about 20 centimeters below ground.
The Chonburi Health Care School celebrated 10 years in operation with a merit-making ceremony for students and staff.
Principal Nantha Singhnontad hosted the luncheon for nine monks invited to perform the prayer service for auspiciousness.
Superstitious Thais seeking “lucky” lottery numbers from a mysterious monk residing at a Sattahip cemetery left frustrated after the cleric told them to cast away their greed and embrace goodness.
Khet Udomsak’s youngest citizens engaged in fun and games as the sub-district held its youth sports camp.
Mayor Pairoj Malakul Na Ayutthaya kicked off the Feb. 27 event at the Child Development Center where many of the 321 students in the Wat Kanthamat, Wat Payup, and Juk Samet child-development centers completed in seven different sports and games.
Matches for the children, all under age 5, included football, basketball, foot races, an obstacle course, musical chairs, and several ball games.
The sports are aimed at teaching good sportsmanship and forgiveness and fostering unity in families and schools.
Khet Udomsak youngsters prepare for fun and games at the sub-district youth sports camp.
The Royal Thai Navy and four government agencies began their inspection of Sattahip-area fishing boats, ensuring they are registered and meeting international standards to protect Thailand’s seafood exports to the European Union.