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Navy experts beaten by Phuket rising tide

PHUKET: Navy experts called in to identify the suspect object on Nai Yang Beach that was initially thought to be a torpedo were unable to X-ray the object today (Oct 17) as planned due to the rising tide.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 06:42PM


Maj Tanchaiyan Tantiamnuoy from the Royal Thai Navy Mine Squadron and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of experts from the Naval Ordnance Department base in Chonburi inspected the object at about 2pm.

However, the officers had to wait for the arrival of a handheld device brought in to X-ray the object to make sure it was safe to remove from the popular tourist beach.

Leading the X-ray exercise was Lt Rittipong Kong-on, along with his team of experts from the Ordnance Depot Division, while officers from the Sakoo Police led by Pol Capt Nopparat Kongsuk secured for the perimeter for safety.

However, Lt Rittipong noted, “We have to start the mission again tomorrow afternoon when there will be a low tide. We were beaten by the tide today.”

The suspect object was first discovered by a local fisherman two weeks ago (Oct 3) who reported the discovery to officers stationed at Sirinath National Park. (See story here.)

It has remained on the beach since, while experts figure exactly what the torpedo-shaped object is and how to deal with it.

At last report, last Thursday, the experts revealed that they believe the object is a float used to clear underwater mines during World War II. (See story here.)

 

 

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ematt | 19 October 2017 - 10:17:19

Silly Navy team - why don't they check with expert PN readers first? 

Kurt | 18 October 2017 - 08:43:48

Oh My ...
Are these navy professionals not reading the tide time tables in The Phuket News? Helloooo  ?
Beaten by the tide! You have to read it to believe it. Hahahaha
This whole affair is now dragging on for almost 2 weeks.
And about what?
That float could have been removed already many days ago.
The previous standing and poking on it (PN photos) proved already that it can be safely removed...

Jor12 | 17 October 2017 - 23:05:04

wow...no tide chart? and 2 weeks after being found to be ex-rayed by a portable machine? Good luck then to the Navy with running the 13 billion baht submarines to be used in waters with an average depth of 58 metres. The good thing is that they can't be seen underwater by passing aircraft because of all the flotsam and jetsam.

Eagle | 17 October 2017 - 22:31:36

It says in the article:..while experts figure exactly what the"torpedo shaped"object is...This will probably lead to new objections here.

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