Theerarak Suthathiwong

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 12:13

2 die in Rayong pickup-big rig collision

Two people were killed when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 36 in Rayong.

Jaruk Boonyungyeung, 65, and an unidentified woman passenger both died at the scene of the wreck at the U-turn for Highway 331. The woman suffered a broken neck.

Money was flying around in central Pattaya, but local residents taking pity on a motorcyclist who dropped it turned it in to police.

About 20,000 baht was dropped by the unknown rider near the Thanakorn Driving School. Five women collected the bills, finding 21,020 baht.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:54

Two disasters at sea narrowly averted

Speedboats swarm to the rescue to evacuate tourists as smoke billows from the engine room of the Rungorawan 2. Two disasters at sea were narrowed averted when quick rescue efforts saved nearly 200 lives. Over 100 Chinese tourists were evacuated from the Rungorawan 2 when its engine caught fire June 1 between Pattaya and Koh Larn. The previous day, 82 people were pulled from the Petchara 7 when the ferry sank on its way back to Pattaya on Sunday May 31. No injuries were reported. 

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:50

Koh Larn ferry sinks, 82 passengers rescued

Eighty-two people were rescued when a Koh Larn ferry sank on its way back to Pattaya.

No one was injured when the Petchara 7, carrying a group of passengers from the Buriram Court, began taking on water and sinking May 31. The boat was operated by Petchara Boat Co., the newly renamed firm whose Koh Larn ferry sank in 2013, killing seven tourists.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:48

Baht buses to get safety upgrade

Pattaya’s baht buses are to get a much-needed safety upgrade.

Chonburi deputy commander, Pol. Col. Trairong Piewphun kicked off the Safe Pattaya Baht Bus Project May 21 at Pattaya School No. 8.

A brainchild of Pattaya police and Pattaya Transport Cooperative, the project is aimed at safeguarding tourists and residents from both poor drivers and thieves.

A daughter of the mayor of Huay Yai was rescued from a fiery wreck after she smashed her Toyota Camry into a utility pole.

Jutamard Trisupachoke, 23, was pulled from the wreck at a U-turn in front of Wat Jittapawan on Sukhumvit Road May 31 by bystander Chanchai Duangjan. He smashed a window to get the daughter of Huay Yai Sub-district Mayor Pairat Trisupachoke out of the burning vehicle.

A Cambodian woman allegedly killed her 5-year-old son before trying to slit her own throat in a murder-suicide gone bad.

Police and paramedics were called to the Soi Marbtatoo 4 home of Panla Bon, 47, in Nongprue’s Moo 13 village May 18. There they found her son, Rung, dead of a cut throat and her bleeding profusely from two apparently self-inflicted knife wounds to neck.

Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.

Last year, Pattaya installed a 1.3 million baht, 1-kilometer-long drainage pipe to dump storm runoff into the sea. A backhoe and other machinery were used to construct a barrier on the beach and large stones were placed along the construction area to prevent erosion.

Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.

However, for a year now, residents claim raw sewage has been continually released into the sea, causing pollution, a foul odor, and damage to the marine environment in the local water.

Boonma Pangrak, a Ban Rongmaikit community leader, said no organization has taken serious responsibility for the problem. He said it’s obvious the water being released into the ocean has not been processed by a waste-treatment plant.

He said residents are demanding some government agency step in to address the issue.

Students from the King Prajadhipok Institute paid a visit to Nongprue Municipality to see how the sub-district is run.

The 150 students in King Prajadhipok’s government management and public laws program, led by Assistant Professor Kaneungnit Sribuaeim, were met by Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and municipal officials.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:01

17 tourists hurt in Pong bus accident

Seventeen Chinese tourists were injured May 10 when their tour bus flipped during heavy rain in Pong Sub-district.

The TWB Co. coach skid off an access road on Highway 36, coming to rest on its side. Seventeen Chinese tourists were hurt along with the Thai driver. None of the injuries were serious. All were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

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