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Wooden hull speedboats deteriorate very fast as vibration open holes around nails.
Posted by Whistle-Blower on January 6, 2012 16:57
if somebody saves your life, maybe it is a moral obligation to compensate his financial loss for doing so?
Posted by phuket101 on January 6, 2012 17:07
If that is the case, there are round the world sailors who owe millions. i would have thought the shonky boat owner probably should pay up for putting people at risk.
As I work in tourism I would like to know the name of the company as often I get in discussions with my front desk staff about not using certain companies especially in the low season.
Posted by Nancy Botwin on January 6, 2012 17:20
The sub-contractor's name we don't have. Most tour companies, when they have to, will use an outsider's boat.
gee W-B - is there ANYTHING you're not an expert on. Your talents are sorely wasted here - how about going off to create world peace, food and water for everyone, 5555
Posted by Mister Ree on January 6, 2012 17:50
Got to love the constant attitude of chief of Marine 5.
Posted by S on January 6, 2012 17:53
@Mister Ree - is there ANYTHING you're not an expert on. Your talents are sorely wasted here -
Posted by Whistle-Blower on January 6, 2012 18:54
Maritime laws at sea are (not surprisingly) very ancient. A vessel is obliged to help save life - and is not entitled to any recompense. HOWEVER, they certainly do have a claim against the wreck. Google 'admiralty law' for further info. Regarding the boat. Boats made of marine-ply certainly are suitable for use. Quite simply, a boat made out of any material is useless if badly maintained. There are simply thousands of marine-ply with fibre-glass boats afloat and happily at sea as we speak. The comments of Marine Office 5 do not surprise me at all.
Posted by Mr Man on January 6, 2012 19:12
So no radio, no flares, no liferafts . . . so don't thai vessels need TAT Licences, or do the severe safety standards only apply to farang owned - Thai flagged and registered vessels? Answer that question honestly Phuripat Theerakulpisut, Chief of Phuket's Marine Office 5? I would love to hear the answer.
Posted by Robin on January 6, 2012 19:14
I don't see how its the sub-contractors who are at full fault. When you drive a car, you are responsible for it, no matter what condition it is in.
Posted by Tbs on January 6, 2012 19:33
I once went on a speedboat trip where the new boat broke down before leaving, so we boarded the old boat. The storm hit very hard. We discovered the lifejackets had all been left on the new boat. Terrifying. There is simply not enough care and responsibility in Phuket tourism, full stop.
Posted by CaptainJack on January 6, 2012 19:34
Try spotting the life-jackets on the Phuket-Ao Nang speedboat service that operates from Bang Rong pier.
Posted by Simon Luttrell on January 6, 2012 20:47
I just want to thank my team to rescue all the people on the sinking vessel!
Posted by Hildner Micha on January 6, 2012 21:27
@CaptainJack - Wooden speedboats? In Thailand? I don't Think so.
Posted by Whistle-Blower on January 6, 2012 21:46
So who was the tour company that carelessly sub-contracted to another company? urg. and as usual there will be no consequences for anyone as no one is responsible. Perhaps things would be different if Mr Issara has been on that boat ;)
Posted by Nancy Botwin on January 7, 2012 00:29
As we said, virtually every tour company (and dive company) on Phuket sub-contracts to hire vessels if the need arises. This is usually the trigger for all kinds of safety issues, small and serious. We'd like all tour companies and dive companies on Phuket to tighten up their concerns for the safety of their guests and Phuket's reputation. Marine 5 could also do more than just count people and lifejackets.
'Not my area' but the boat departed from Phuket and should thus be investigated.
Posted by Ian on January 7, 2012 06:51
Whistle-Blower - Get your facts straight before bellowing your hot air rants.
Posted by Whistle Blocker on January 7, 2012 07:19
Posted by Whistle-Blower on January 7, 2012 09:35
@ Nancy Botwin, what the hell has Mr Issara got to do with this story? I think you need to lay off the weed!
Posted by phuket madness on January 7, 2012 11:13
Most of the Thai made speedboats that litter Phuket shores have plywood panels attached to wooden hull and coated with gelcoat. It may appear as if it is fiberglass but it is not.
Posted by Steve C. on January 7, 2012 11:36
The passengers whose lives were potentially saved should compensate Prestige Divers. Bloody disgrace if they do not. Philip and others, get your money out.
Posted by AdamFoundSeveralEves on January 25, 2012 15:30
I was in Phuket n went on sea angle speed boat to phi phi island on 24.08.2012 it was a very rough ride. However we were not given the jackets until we requested for it. Like many said I think there is not enough safety measures for passengers in Phuket!! It's terrifying to hear this!! Thank god we did not go through the same ordeal!!!!! Sorry about the incident n may god be with all the Victims.
Posted by Sarala on August 29, 2012 08:24
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