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Will anything Mr Ergun said about this incident be acted upon by the authorities? After reading of all the other incidents listed in your article that'll be a NO then. Is anyone in charge here or do we have to wait till body bags with drowned kids are splashed across the world's media before action is ever taken by the authorities?
Posted by Scunner on August 28, 2012 06:59
Does Mr Ergun take any responsibilty for going to sea in bad weather or for not checking if the boat was safe for his family. NO it is everyone fault but he accepts no responsibilty for his lack of common sense.
Posted by Arthur on August 28, 2012 08:05
Mr Ergun has just gone through a terrifying experience in which he feared for the lives of his wife, his two young children and himself. You don't appear to understand the level of trauma involved. Tourists are inclined to trust the judgement of boat captains who supposedly know and take heed of weather forecast for the region, just as they trust authorities to make sure they are safe at all times. Blaming the victims is never an appropriate response.
Will it be possible, when this kind of accidents happens, to have the name of the boat operator?
Posted by Lucien on August 28, 2012 08:13
Our aim is to have the government and its officers reform Phuket so that safety standards are lifted to international levels and enforced. Who is at fault here? The tour agent, the boat's captain, the tourists? We'd prefer to see safety improved and enforced. Naming, blaming and shaming seldom does a scrap of good.
Mr. Editor...Back where I come from (USA) we have rules and regulations regarding taking paid passengers on board. As a captain of a vessel for hire I am required at a MINIMUM to have what is called a 'six pack' license. That allows me to take six paying individuals, 150 miles off shore. I am totally responsible for all on board.I am required to maintain my vessel in TOTAL working order and have as many working life jackets on board as there are people, paying or otherwise.My vessel is inspected by the US Coast Guard each year.If I fail to meet the required expectations, which, by the way are basic common sense issues, I can be heavily fined.If anything happens to any individual on my vessel I can not only be fined, but lose my license, be fined and go to JAIL, never to obtain another license again. I am sure this is not the first time Mr. Ergun has been on the water. It is ALSO his responsibility to asses, not only the condition of the vessel,l but ASK TO SEE THE CAPTAINS CREDENTIALS...I have no problem showing my passengers my papers when asked.In fact it is required in Western civilized countries, that your credentials be posted in a conspicuous location.Thailand may have some rules about SOME things...If they are not enforced then there are no rules at all.Then, sadly, I am reminded that this is not a Western country, nor is very intelligent.
Posted by Ted Davis on August 28, 2012 10:40
I am not sure what you are trying to say, Ted, but you are certainly not saying it very well. Tourists seldom check the credentials of their airline pilots or their bank managers, nor are they expected to check whether their resorts are legal or whether a boat captain knows what he is doing. There are laws and officials who are supposed to uphold them, in your country as well as this one.
Poor standards of boats, greedy and reckless tour operators and irresponsible boat crews are one thing.
Posted by Resident on August 28, 2012 11:12
You're 20 years behind the times. These days, young families travel with children and expect the authorities in the countries they visit to uphold their country's laws. The visitors are enticed by brochures, websites and good prices to come to Phuket at this time of the year. There are no health warnings on Phuket packages. Readers who give it more than a moment's thought realise that blaming the victims is just what some officials try to do.
Posted by Inpo on August 28, 2012 12:23
Phuketwan is always up to something, Inpo.
Posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2012 19:41
When a boat holes and sinks it reflects poorly on the good operators. When boats put to sea in conditions that are dangerous, ignoring warnings, it reflects on all of Phuket. A system needs to be put in place to make sure that all boats are well-maintained and that none put to sea on dangerous days. There is no such things as ''an accident.'' Please put a name on your comments, otherwise they have little or no authority.
Posted by Resident on August 29, 2012 11:15
Are you still blaming the victims, Resident? What's your solution to the issue? Stop the tourists from coming, or stop the boats from going out on dangerous days? Only the ''protect me'' mechanism part of your brain seems to be working today.
Posted by Resident on August 29, 2012 12:16
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