Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Missing Russian found deceased, Israeli arrested with 55 bullets at airport, 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, October 24th, 2022, to Sunday, October 30th, 2022.

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

  1. Friends of the missing Russian woman in Phuket are offering 10,000 US dollars for anyone who has information and leads to find her.                                                  It has been reported that Ms Elena’s friends are offering 10,000 US dollars to anyone who has information which leading to find her. Those interested should contact police departments in the Phuket area with tips.

The body of a missing Russian woman in Phuket from Thalang was found floating near Patong Beach on Day 6 of a major island wide search.

 It was about 40 kilometers from where she was missing.

The Tourism and Sports Minister is going to suggest marine safety improvements for tourists in Phuket to the Thai Prime Minister.

“I will suggest to the Thai Prime Minister to improve marine safety to take care of tourists such as more rescue equipments and more lifeguards,” Mr. Pipat noted.

2. An unidentified foreign man has been rescued after suffering from decompression sickness while he was diving near an island in Chalong.

He told emergency responders that he had just recovered and starting diving again after receiving a heart operation. 

3. Motorbikes are now allowed to pass on the partially collapsed Patong Hill Road.

Motorbikes can safely pass through the area. The road is open for motorbikes 24-hours a day.

4. An Israeli man has been arrested at the Phuket International Airport with 55 5.56 mm bullets.

Officers found 55 bullets, 5.56 mm, in his luggage which are used for a rifle after the X-ray process.

5. A Chinese national and his Thai wife were arrested for illegally possessing a number of firearms in their residence following a police search on Friday, October 28th.

A total of 18 firearms were found at the luxurious house of the couple. 

6. The last suspect who was wanted for being allegedly involved with the murder of a Canadian man in Phuket was eventually arrested in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, on Sunday, October 30th, after 13 years of escape.

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.