Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Senegalese Tourist Drowns 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 Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, July 24th, 2023, to Sunday, July 30th, 2023.

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

  1. Thailand saw a continuous rise in dengue fever cases in 18 provinces including Chonburi, Phuket, and Bangkok, the Department of Disease Control on Monday, July 24th, reported.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office reports that the highest number of dengue cases are found in Thalang.

As rainy season continues dengue fever is a serious issue in Phuket.

2. A pregnant woman was injured after her leg got stuck in a water drain in Phuket Town.

A broken drain has been fixed after a pregnant woman injured her leg in Phuket Town.

It is unclear, however, if the woman will be getting any financial compensation for the incident from the City and Phuket City officials did not comment about this matter.

3. A leatherback sea turtle mother attempted to lay eggs near a hotel on Karon Beach.

A Leatherback Sea turtle mother finally laid 129 eggs on Karon Beach.

Some media has reported this was the first sea turtle lying eggs in this area in about two decades.

4. A male tourist from Senegal has been reported missing after he went swimming in the sea at Freedom Beach in Karon, Phuket.

The body of a missing Senegalese tourist has washed ashore in the Karon sub-district of Phuket today after he went missing in the rough sea on July 28th.

Rest in peace.

5. A 36-year-old Australian expat has been rescued after he was trying to hang himself using a fence at a post office in Rawai.

Medical staffers told police the Australian man is the same person who went to a hospital in the morning (July 28th) suffering from epilepsy but he refused to receive treatment.

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

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.