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Navy wary of ‘wrong move’ with Phuket beach torpedo

PHUKET: The torpedo discovered half-buried in the sand at Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach will remain there for at least one more day, Royal Thai Navy experts have confirmed after holding a meeting today (Oct 5) to discuss what to do with the ageing warhead, believed to be possibly 100 years old.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 5 October 2017, 05:01PM

Navy personnel tie a pair of floats to the torpedo to mark sure it stays marked when the high tide comes in. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Navy personnel tie a pair of floats to the torpedo to mark sure it stays marked when the high tide comes in. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The torpedo was found on Tuesday by a local fisherman, who reported the discovery to officers stationed at Sirinath National Park. (See story here.)

“We have yet to determine exactly what type of torpedo it is and somehow find out if it is still active or not – if we don’t know, we might make a wrong move,” Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Thanakrit Jamjit of the EOD team from the Navy base in Phang Nga told The Phuket News today.

“We will have more Navy officers here to help us tomorrow (Oct 6),” he added.

“However, they will not be able to inspect the torpedo until low tide at about 4pm, and even then they will not have much time to inspect the device before sunset,” LTJG Thanakrit pointed out.

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The high level of caution continues after experts inspected the torpedo yesterday and determined it likely dated back to before World War II. (See story here.)

However, by inspecting just the shape and dimensions, Navy officers were unable to estimate the torpedo’s origin – other than it was not Thai – or how it came to be lodged on the beach in Phuket.

Meanwhile, the area has been roped off for safety with guards stationed around the perimeter to ensure local residents or unsuspectnig tourists do not accidentally enter the area.



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Eagle | 07 October 2017 - 03:07:18

I agree with Mr.Definition.Thinking about all the problems we have on Phuket,this is by far the biggest! So please,could the PN send a special investigative team to" Nai Yang Beach"to finally find out if it is a "Torpedo,Fuel Tank,North Korean Nuke or an Extraterrestrial Flying Object"!

Kurt | 06 October 2017 - 18:44:17

What a joke!
They don't know what it is.
They stand on it, not knowing or is can explode or not ( thing suppose to be unstable).
Standing with many people around it, while in a circle of at least 100 meters the area should be secured/cleared.
What a bunch of idiots.

Rorri_2 | 06 October 2017 - 17:08:26

This, by definition, is NOT a torpedo... "a cigar-shaped self-propelled underwater missile designed to be fired from a ship or submarine or dropped into the water from an aircraft and to explode on reaching a target." other photos show this device to be clear tear shaped. Perhaps PN could ask the so called "experts" just why they call it a "torpedo," not a hard questi...

Sue Yu2 | 06 October 2017 - 16:39:04

There was a similar photo yesterday showing a guy standing on it poking it with a metal rod or stick, while at least 15 people stood close by. Ting tong.

Discover Thainess | 05 October 2017 - 21:35:35

So if the Navy are not sure what to do with it, I most certainly have a suggestion as to what NOT to do with it ....... don't stand on it !!! What on earth is the man in the photo thinking ??? Oh look, here is an old corroded highly explosive bomb .... I know, I will stand on it. What a plonker !

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