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Phuket croc search moves to Kata Noi, beach closed to swimmers

PHUKET: The search for crocodile previously seen swimming off Yanui and Nai harn beaches moved to Kata Noi Beach today after staff from a nearby hotel saw the aquatic reptile crawling on the beach.


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 21 July 2018, 04:27PM


Leading today’s inspection of Kata Noi Beach were Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham, Vice Admiral Somnuk Preampramot, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command; Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos and Nikom Suksawas from the Southern Freshwater Fisheries Prevention and Suppression Centre in Surat Thani, the ‘Kraithong Lumnamtapi’ team from the Department of Fisheries in Surat Thani – named after the legendary crocodile hunter in Thai folklore officers of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, Karon residents.

The group was later joined by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong.

At 5:30am today (July 21), Mayor Thawee was notified by staff from the Katathani Hotel that security guards had seen the crocodile swim up to and walk up Kata Noi Beach.

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Following the sighting security guards stayed monitoring the beach and advised beachgoers not to enter the water.

Mayor Thawee said that officials and beach operators have since closed the beach until the crocodile has been captured and that officers have been posted to keep an eye out for any other crocodiles in the area.

All staff working at beachfront businesses at both Kata and Karon have also been asked to keep an eye out and warn tourists to be careful.

 

 

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Nasa12 | 23 July 2018 - 06:15:15

Don’t worry «K» this ballet coming when they catch this small baby croc.

Kurt | 21 July 2018 - 18:26:42

Hehehe, where in the world are vice admirals, Mayors and Governor going to a beach for a croc? Where was the croc catching team when hotel staff notified about the croc relaxing at beach? Need them, not vice admirals, mayors and governor. Quite overdone no need presents. And when the croc is 'ready' to be catched, nobody there. Hahaha  ( oh, forgot: office hours only. Inform the croc)

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