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Phuket yacht delivery to Samui stumped by pedestrian bridge

Phuket yacht delivery to Samui stumped by pedestrian bridge

PHUKET: Attempts to deliver a luxury yacht from Phuket to Surat Thani, for eventual delivery to Koh Samui, never made it off the island last night as the boat on the back of a trailer failed to make it under a pedestrian bridge.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 15 April 2021, 11:32AM

A Thalang traffic police officer on duty last night explained to The Phuket News that the truck driver had issues with four pedestrian bridges in total on Thepkrasattri Rd.

The officer, who asked not to be named, received his first call from the truck driver seeking assistance at about 8pm.

The boat, a Prestige 500 measuring 50 feet long, was unable to make it under the pedestrian bridge near Baan Tha Reua School on Thepkrasattri Rd.

Traffic Police arrived to make sure no cars or motorbikes tried to pass the boat while the problem was being sorted out.

Then the driver had issues getting the boat safely under the pedestrian bridge near Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang branch just north of the Heroines Monument.

After about half an hour, and letting some air out of the trailer tyres, the boat was safely taken under the bridge.

At 11pm, the driver arrived at Thalang Police Station in person to ask for help, as this time the boat was unable to make it safely under the pedestrian bridge in front of Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

This time the officer asked the driver to sort the problem out himself.

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“I told him to try to resolve the problem by himself first. If he really needed help, to please call us again,” the officer said.

Before ending his shift, the traffic police officer went to check on the progress in getting the boat clear, and the driver told him that he will take the boat back to Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew.

“The driver said the radar on the boat had broken during the efforts to get under the bridge,” the officer said.

The Phuket News later confirmed that the boat has been returned to Boat Lagoon.

The clearance of the pedestrian bridges is supposed to be five metres. 

However, one bystander noted that repeated resurfacing of the road may have left the height clearance notices inaccurate.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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Tbird | 16 April 2021 - 06:10:38

C'mon Man! This is nobody's fault but those damn road crews and their constant resurfacing activities! Those careless fools are always clandestinely laying on an extra 6-inch layer of asphalt and completely screwing up the clearances of overpasses....jeez an unnamed bystander attests to the fact!

charles | 15 April 2021 - 21:57:02

looking at those pictures its not even close to going under, total stupidity on the part of the moving company for not checking clearances in the first place.  

Kurt | 15 April 2021 - 12:49:17

These affairs make it enjoyable to live on Phuket. Including a police officer who not want to be named ( why not, anything to hide?). Pity that a brand new radar scanner was destroyed. Should have been installed after the yacht became floating. What a waist due to 'not thinking'. And, before you start such a 'hight taking' transport you make a check up trip. That is the normal proc...

Fascinated | 15 April 2021 - 12:31:23

;solve the problem yourself' as opposed to ensuring other road users were not at risk. Classic BiB.

Galong | 15 April 2021 - 12:01:01

Make a video, speed it up, put the Benny Hill soundtrack to it.


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