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

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.

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.

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.

The Phuket News

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