Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

HOME // National News // Paratroopers join manhunt in southern Thailand for escaped convict

Paratroopers join manhunt in southern Thailand for escaped convict

PHOTO: Thai Rath

Paratroopers have joined the ongoing hunt for escaped prisoner Chaovalit Thongduang in the mountains of the southern province of Phattalung. Chaovalit has been on the run since October 22, when he fled the Nakhon Si Thammarat hospital where he’d been receiving dental treatment.

Thai PBS World reports that police paratroopers from a base in the central province of Phetchaburi have been deployed to assist in the manhunt. The officers are required to rappel in from helicopters as the terrain is covered in large trees, making it impossible to land there.

According to the report, four helicopters are combing the area for the missing prisoner, while also dropping supplies to officers involved in the search. It’s understood there are around 60 officials from the Corrections Department in Surat Thani taking part in the search.

The reported presence of the fugitive in Tamot district aroused fear among some villagers, who temporarily paused their rubber tapping. However, the number of officers now on the ground has provided some reassurance and villagers have been able to return to work.

So far, officers searching the mountain range have located a makeshift shelter used by the fugitive and people thought to be assisting him. They also found an M16 assault rifle and a shotgun. However, to date, there has been no sighting of Chaovalit himself.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Advertisement Phuket Go Advertisement sidebar_1

TRENDING

5 Star Marine Phuket

You May Also Like

Phuket News

Saturday, July 20, 2024 – Phuket weather, sunset times, air quality and tides (7am) Excellent weekend ahead with stable, if overcast, weather. Milder temperatures with...

Phuket News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – Phuket weather forecast Increasing cloud today with a corresponding increase in winds from east. The slightly overcast conditions should...

National News

UPDATE: There has been another NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) issued in the past 24 hours which changes Item 5, which MAY provide an...

Phuket Life

No. The December 26, 2004, event, known as the Asian Tsunami, Indian Ocean Tsunami or the Boxing Day Tsunami, was an extremely rare event...