Killed in the Patong landslip was Santi Lipornket, 49. Heed Inntong, 72, and Pichit Sititaruno, 40, were being treated at Patong Hospital after being dramatically rescued. Police were questioning Suwit Seksom, owner of the property.
PHUKET: Rescuers were desperately digging to save two men buried alive in a landslip that killed a third Phuket worker at a building site in Patong this afternoon.
The men were buried at least waist-deep by the landslip at 3.39pm, according to initial reports. The dead man was crushed by the weight of the earth, initial reports said.
All three men remained buried as the rescuers struggled to free the two living workers, according to first reports.
Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukban, on his way to the scene, confirmed there had been at least one death when the earth slipped at a site off Har Sip Bee Road, in the Patong foothills.
Landslips and wall collapses have been a feature of construction on the Patong hillside, often resulting in death or injury.
Conditions grow even worse in wet weather.