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Five fishermen were rescued after floating in the sea near Koh Rin for 18 hours.

A Royal Thai Navy ship pulled the five Naklua-based fishermen from Pattaya Bay June 18. Three were found holding on to a 200-liter plastic barrel and taken to Bali Hai Pier. Two others that had floated away were recovered and taken respectively to Bang Saray and Naklua.

All were treated at Banglamung Hospital and released.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:10

Rare whale shark spotted near Pattaya

A rare whale shark was captured on video in the waters off Pattaya.

Terawatt Thongchai, an 18-year-old crewman on a tourist boat based at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club said he was working June 6 on board a yacht taking a group of tourists to explore Koh Larn. They stopped between Tawaen Beach and Koh Sak for the tourists to fish and enjoy the scenery and received a rare and unexpected sight.

Pattaya police arrested 16 people masquerading as army rangers to provide security for a seminar at a well known beach resort.

Officers stopped the 13 men and three women June 7 at the entrance of Pratamnak Soi 1 after they completed work at the seminar and were preparing to return to Bangkok.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:54

South Pattaya shisha joints raided

Banglamung officials raided South Pattaya bars and restaurants selling shisha after new restrictions banning sales and possession went into effect.

District and Chonburi provincial suppression officers led a team of police and soldiers on a June 10 inspection of shops and bars after owners were notified by the provincial government that buraku and shisha sales would not be tolerated any further. The last paragraph of the notice went as far as to tell bar owners that they would not be spared even if they were paying police for protection.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:50

2 ladyboys nabbed for bag snatch

Two transvestites were arrested for allegedly stealing a handbag from a Japanese tourist.

Wichai In-Sawang, 29 from Suphanburi, and Na Sonjan, 19 from Cambodia, were captured while trying to flee on a motorbike from the crime scene outside the Best Friend bar complex in South Pattaya June 12.

Kochi Ikari, 43, called for help after his bang containing a wallet with 4,990 baht and credit cards was snatched during an unwanted street cuddle.

Police said the two confessed, and found the Cambodian had entered the country illegally and will be deported.

Wichai In-Sawang and Na Sonjan have been arrested and charged with theft.Wichai In-Sawang and Na Sonjan have been arrested and charged with theft.

Royal Thai Navy officials defended their response after three Thai fishing boats were captured fishing illegally in Cambodian waters, saying the navy did move to help the boats, but was limited by diplomatic restraints.

A Pattaya-based Facebook page has stirred the ire of the national police chief for tipping off the public to police checkpoints in the area.

The “We Love Pattaya Checkpoints” page was ordered closed down under threat of prosecution under the Computer Crime Act.

Pattaya police have joined the search for a well-known foreign swindler who added a local man to his list of victims.

Jettarin Boonmarong, 21, complained to police June 4 that a foreigner he knew only as “John Edward” through a gay website cheated him out of 32,000 baht.

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.

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