Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Vietnamese mother and daughter drown, night club fatal shooting, 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 the Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, August 1st, 2022, to Sunday, August 7th, 2022.

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

  1. Thailand reports third confirmed Monkeypox case who is a German tourist in Phuket.

According to the Thai health authorities, seven people have been identified as being at high risk for monkeypox in Phuket and are being tested and monitored after the third confirmed monkeypox case, who is a German tourist in Phuket, was announced.

The Thai girlfriend of a German tourist who is the third case of monkeypox in Thailand confirmed in Phuket tested negative.

2. A Vietnamese mother and daughter were pronounced dead after reportedly swimming and drowning at Nai Thon Beach during strong winds in the Sa Khu subdistrict on on July 31st.

Lifeguards and good samaritans nearby immediately rushed to save the family and bring them up to the shore but could not make it in time while another tourist, reportedly the father, miraculously survived.

3. A 27-year-old man died while another man sustained injuries after fighting and a shooting at a nightclub in Phuket Town.

A 35-year-old Phuket night club guard has been charged with murder following an armed altercation with a clubgoer earlier this week.

An owner of a night club where a fatal shooting took place earlier this week must meet with relevant authorities before any further action is taken, said the Phuket Vice Governor.

The nightclub where a fatal shooting took place earlier this week has been ordered for a 30-days closure.

4.  A newborn baby was found deceased in a water drainage pipe in the Cherng Talay sub-district in the Thalang district on August 3rd.

The Cherng Talay Police was notified of the body at 9:55 A.M. from a staffer from the waterworks authority who was checking a water meter nearby.

5. Officials inspected entertainment venues on Bangla Road in Patong to ensure fire safety.

The inspection follows Thai Prime Minister Prayut yesterday, August 5th, ordering a serious investigation into the fire at the “Mountain B” entertainment venue in the Sattahip area of Chonburi in the early hours of yesterday, reportedly now killing 14 and injuring 34 people so far.

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


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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.