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Rising tide leaves pickup sunk in Phuket sand

PHUKET: It took more than an hour for the owner of a pickup truck to have his vehicle removed from Bang Tao Beach yesterday (Jan 4) after it got stuck in the sand due to the rising tide.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 5 January 2018, 11:02AM

The stranded Chevrolet pickup is pulled from the sand at Bang Tao Beach. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The stranded Chevrolet pickup is pulled from the sand at Bang Tao Beach. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office who are stationed at Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) were notified of a car being stuck in the sand in front of the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa in Thalang at 7:50pm.

Cherng Talay Patrol Police together with DDPM Phuket officers arrived at the scene to find a Chevrolet pickup truck 30 metres away from shore line filling with sea water.

While the tide was still rising, officers attempted to tow the car from the sand sing a car but were unsuccessful.

A four-wheel drive rescue truck was then brought to the scene, however, whilst trying to remove the sinking pickup the tow rope broke still leaving the Chevrolet stranded.

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A tow truck with crane was then taken to the scene and after 20 minutes it managed to pull the Chevrolet from the sand.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 19-year-old Puttipong Petrid told police he had parked his pickup on the beach to deliver 300 litres of diesel for a tour boat which moored near the beach.

When he arrived at the beach it was a low tide. He soon found that the tide was rising up so he tried to drive off the beach but failed leaving his pickup stranded and sinking.



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Kurt | 06 January 2018 - 12:16:41

Yes, I am aware of that Chalong lighthouse location where the Phuket Government allows speed boats to refuel at beach with all the environment pollution and dangers.
Disaster is not waiting to happen, it did happened already some time ago when there was a explosion at night and several plywood boats were destroyed, remember?
Just a few hundreds meters away is at end of Chalong Pier a re-fuel sta...

malczx7r | 05 January 2018 - 13:30:54

Chalong fuel station???  Every day i see pickups next to the lighthouse bar/restaurant loaded with fuel barrels, hoses going from the road onto the beach to re-fuel the speed boats oh and usually some guy a few feet away smoking!Disaster waiting to happen!

simon01 | 05 January 2018 - 12:32:53

Shame it was recovered before the high tide. If it was afterwards then it would have been broken. That will make the roads just a bit safer with one less 4x4 on the roads driven by a total idiot. Be leaving it over night may have saved a families lives by ruining the engine. 1 less $X$ means lives saved. Pulling it out means more danger to all.

Kurt | 05 January 2018 - 11:35:07

Delivering 300 liters diesel at a beach for a tour boat?
How to do that?
The pick up wasn't even able to control 'her' own matters.
Are fuel and diesel transfers allowed at Phuket tourist beaches?

Seems to me a invitation for public tourist beach pollution.
Should be done at Chalong Pier fuel station.

Are there no thai laws regarding?

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