Phuket’s Biggest Stories from the Past Week: Overstay crackdown continues, Foreign bodies wash ashore in Phuket, and more

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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, December 26th, 2022, to Sunday, ๋January 1st, 2023.

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

  1. A foreign man has been rescued near Racha Island in Phuket. He claimed he was holding onto an oil tank and floating in the sea for 13 days.

It was not immediately clear how he had ended up adrift at sea, to begin with.

2. Religious ceremonies were held at the Tsunami Memorial Wall in Maikhao for the 18th  year of remembrance for the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Phuket.

In total, 45 nationalities of victims are listed on the wall and their bodies were buried behind the wall in a graveyard.

3. A 44-year-old Indian man was arrested in Patong for 1,322 days of overstaying his legal visa conditions.

A 35-year-old Pakistani man was arrested in Patong for 3,270 days of overstaying his legal visa conditions the Phuket Immigration Office told the Phuket Express.

It was unclear why they had overstayed their visas.

4. A foreign man sustained severe injuries after he fell from a third floor at the Phuket International Airport.

An American man who sustained severe injuries after he fell from a third floor at the Phuket International Airport has been pronounced dead.

The 35-year-old American man, only identified by his first name of Jason, who died after jumping from the third floor of the Phuket International Airport suffered from depression and financial problems.

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5. Two bodies of male foreigners were found floating in the sea near Racha Island, South of Phuket.

Two more bodies were found on a beach at the Racha Island off Chalong, South of Phuket.

Their bodies were taken back to the land for further identification and investigation.

That’s 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.