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Heavy weather dumps marine trash on Patong Beach

Heavy weather dumps marine trash on Patong Beach

PHUKET: Strong waves pounding the west coast dumped piles of debris onto Patong Beach as the strong winds and heavy scattered downpours continued across the island yesterday (July 12).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 10:07AM

Lifeguards posted red flags at Patong Beach to warn beachgoers to not enter the dangerous surf, despite many people turning out at the beach to observe the weather.

Tourists at the beach were mainly from India and the Middle East, hoping to enjoy the beach, but were disappointed not being able to go for a swim, local lifeguards reported.

The strong waves brought ashore more marine debris, including discarded fishing nets. Local business operators along the beach helped to gather the debris for the safety of visitors and to keep the beach clean.

The Thai Meteorological Department weather warning for the region is to remain in effect until at least tomorrow (July 14), though the Phuket branch of the TMD is already forecasting the weather to slowly ease through Friday (July 15).

Meanwhile, the weather advisory for today maintains its warning of large waves of two metres up to four metres in heavy thundershower areas. All small boats have been urged to remain on shore while the warning is in effect.

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megamind | 14 July 2022 - 19:42:09

An island that thrives on tourism should have a special team that takes care of cleaning the beach with special machinery. Unfortunately Phuket is still third world

Kurt | 14 July 2022 - 15:21:21

Without a strong restrictive Government approach nothing will change in Thai thinking about this matter.

Kurt | 14 July 2022 - 15:18:59

Put a tag on fishing nets, Marine office check once in a while the nets on board. For nets found around corals, rocks, and at beaches, a fine of B10,000 ( for clearning and cleaning up) + a warning 2nd time 2 months no fishing permission. Great executive job for Marine offices. Slap the Thai marine polluters.

christysweet | 14 July 2022 - 10:21:16

First April I was here and saw the trash encrusting every inch of a the 8 kilometer long Ban gTao Beach, I cried. Then I got mad and started picking it up, then I realized ony when it affects tourism (money) will Thai people stop trashing the land and sea. Do not clean it up for them. 

JohnC | 14 July 2022 - 09:31:01

Every monsoon season sees similar junk washed up on beaches all across the country. If humans stopped throwing away or dumping sh.t they are too lazy or greedy to deal with properly this would not happen. Everything that washes up on shore came from people's carelessness in the first place.


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