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Offline thaiga

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A Thai and his foreign friend were lucky last night when they drove their motorbike into a huge hole in Pang Muang Sai Kor Rd in Patong.

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With the road flooded up to the level of the footpath after heavy rain, the two-metre-deep excavation was impossible to see. Two flimsy barriers and a "Slow Down" sign were not much help.

Pattanant “Mae” Thantong, who watched the drama unfold, told The Phuket News, “Two staff from the Patong Fire Station arrived with a rope and the foreign guy dove down into the hole and tied the rope to the bike wheel, then they helped each other to pull it up.

“Luckily no people were killed. But that was one dead bike!”

In fact, the bike was not completely dead. As it emerged from the murk below its turn indicator was still flashing away.

Ms Mae added, “Please help by posting this on your website so that no one else has an accident like this.

“I hope the Patong Municipality or police or whoever is responsible will pay urgent attention to this.”

No one from the municipality or police could be reached immediately.

Our thanks to Almas Omarov from Kazakhstan for the video.

thephuketnews.com
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sicho

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The local way of warning about road works is a cone two metres ahead of the obstruction. Holes in the road are up to us.
 

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We are upmarket here  we get a branch stuck in the hole with a plastic bag on the top. :)
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sicho

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We have those too. Such an excellent warning that other countries should consider adopting it.
 

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Yea they could have branches everywhere

                                                     
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PHUKET: After two motorbikes plunged into a giant pothole in the back streets of Patong early yesterday morning, Phuket authorities say they will not be able to start fixing the road until at least next week.

“Thank you for reporting it to us. I had not heard of this particular problem before,” Teeraporn Jirarattanakorn, Director of the Department of Rural Roads Phuket office, which is responsible for construction of the road, told the Phuket Gazette.

“I will assign my officers to put more signs and more lights around the hazard tonight, so people can see the hole and avoid it. Hopefully, this will not happen again,” he added.

However, Mr Teeraporn explained that officers from Bangkok will have to come to Phuket to examine the hole before any repairs can be made.

“As the road is being built by a private contractor, we cannot undertake any repairs by ourselves. The Director-General of the Department of Rural Roads, Chatchai Thipsunaree, will have to assign officers from our head office in Bangkok to inspect the hole so repairs can be made.

“The next inspection of the ongoing project is not until June 25, and so we have to wait until then before the officers from Bangkok can order the private contractor to repair this giant hole,” said Mr Teeraporn.

“Thank you for telling us about this. If anyone comes across any other seriously damaged roads that we may be responsible for, please report them to us by calling 076-273021, Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm,” he added.
     
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Not a great look for Phuket, being a World Class Tourist destination seeking high end tourist
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Re: Foreigner dives to rescue motorbike ♦ gets compensation
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 04:09:53 PM »
Phuket’s ‘Bike Diver’ expat gets compensation

After he was helped out of the water he discovered that a Thai man had also ridden into the same hole just five minutes earlier. With the help of friends, a rope and a ladder, Mr Baranov dove down into the murky water and retrieved his own bike, and then that of the Thai.

Mr Baranov’s iPad and iPhone were destroyed by being submerged, and his rented bike also had to be repaired.

Today project consultant Sunya Sunthornjinda told The Phuket News that the project is covered by insurance and that the contractor, Siamphan Wattana Co, had already contacted Mr Baranov and the bike rental company and had paid for the losses.

The deadline for completion of the project is December 19. Siamphan Wattana has already moved to increase the barriers around the giant hole and has added flashing lights to warn motorists in an effort to avoid a recurrence of Mr Baranov’s bizarre adventure.

thephuketnews.com
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Foreigner dives to rescue motorbike ♦ gets compensation
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 06:23:25 PM »
Phuket’s ‘Bike Diver’ expat gets compensation

I wish he'd already got it! :spin
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