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Governor leads memorial for Swiss tourist

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday evening (Aug 6) led a memorial service for Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, the 57-year-old Swiss tourist found dead, believed murdered, near the Ao Yon Waterfall on Thursday.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 7 August 2021, 11:30AM

The candlelight service was held on Bang Tao Beach in front of the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket resort, where Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf had stayed after arriving in Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox scheme.

Joining the service, which began at 6:30pm, were Swiss honorary consul for Phuket Andrea Kotas Tammathin, Vice Governors Pichet Panapong and Piyapong Choowong, and high-ranking officers of the local police including Maj Gen Saksira Phuak-am, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8, currently serving as the Acting Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police. 

Also present were members of the local community and staff from the resort.

As the sun set on the western horizon, bouquets of white flowers were laid in front of an image of Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf with a circle of white candles placed before it.

“Today we all come together to pay tribute to Ms Nicole at this beach because we know Nicole loved the sea, loved the beach and saw Phuket as a second home,” Governor Narong said.

“I, as a representative of the people of Phuket, offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, relatives, siblings and friends of Ms Nicole. The departure of Ms Nicole was a huge loss, not just for us as individuals, but also for the Phuket community, the Phuket Sandbox project and for Thailand as a whole.

“I wish Ms Nicole’s departure to be the last loss that will happen in Phuket. As a representative of the Phuket government and other government agencies, we will do our best to make Phuket a safe and pleasant place to live for all life on the island, including tourists who come to visit.”

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Christy Sweet | 08 August 2021 - 12:18:28

Thaidom knows this has made international news and will naturally milk the opportunity of  publicity from the breast of a  
 murdered woman.  The moral compass spins to whatever direction will bring favor from the god named  Cash.

Wiesel | 07 August 2021 - 23:00:29

Its a sad event and if you dont like it just keep your ever ..  unpolite negativ comments.

lelecuneo | 07 August 2021 - 14:17:31

seems police are busy only looking at the killer..and not to check alcohol sales...but how come Ban laimai hotel, in patong beach front..and the new bar just open next to it sells alcohol into mug cup ? The mollie pub also selling beeer and even without hiding it inside the pub.... is it me or police here are blind like little warm?? come on... 

Fascinated | 07 August 2021 - 12:14:43

Nice PR stunt and publicity for the resort, considering she had moved on from there and was staying in Ao Yon. Nice of him to mention the Sandbox as well- how tacky.

Mj | 07 August 2021 - 12:06:34


Terrible when this kind of things happen


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