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Phuket's jet-skis continue to be a source of tourists' complaints

Patong Tourists 'Deliberately Crashed' Jet-Skis

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Today's Updating Report

A PAIR of Australian tourists who deliberately rammed Patong jet-skis into each other have paid up 80,000 baht to settle the case, Phuketwan has learned.

The men were initially asked to pay 250,000 baht by Patong jet-ski operators to cover the cost of the damage, say sources at Patong.

It is believed that the men acknowledged they were at fault, settled for the 80,000 baht figure, and planned on moving to another beach to avoid encountering the jet-ski operators during what remains of their holiday.

The men wanted the dispute settled quickly, said a source at Kathu Police Station. A new jet-ski costs upwards of 300,000 baht.

Another dispute between holidaymakers and jet-ski operators, this time at Bang Tao beach, about 20 kilometres north of Patong, saw a claim for an extra payment reduced from 15,000 baht to 10,000 baht.

Last week's ''Phuket Parliament'' gathering between honorary consuls and embassy representatives and Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and island leaders in Phuket City heard that jet-skis are still a regular source of complaints from tourists.

The meeting also heard that not all visitors to Phuket are innocent victims, and that there are times when tourists give exaggerated accounts when problems arise.

The ''world first'' jet-ski insurance scheme, introduced 12 months ago by former Governor Wichai Praisa-ngob, has failed to prevent extra claims being made for damages or for the time that jet-skis spend out of the water in repair.

The jet-ski insurance is continuing but it is believed that some operators are reluctant to renew. Not all jet-skis operating at Patong beach are registered.
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Yawn News must be slow another Jet Ski Story. (moderated).

Posted by Yawn on November 30, 2010 10:21

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Isn't that a twist! My suggestion would be to rent the jet skis and then run to another beachfront. I HATE JET SKIS!

Posted by peter rawai on November 30, 2010 11:15

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deliberately crashed jet ski (resulting from careful and thorough consideration: Websters) ?
Recommend to send them to a mental institution.

Posted by wm on November 30, 2010 12:22

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If they rammed on purpose then they got all they deserved, and less

Posted by Steve on November 30, 2010 20:05

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Those guys know how to have fun on there vacation. You know you've got dollars to spend when this is the kind of thing you do for kicks.........

Posted by Kevin on November 30, 2010 23:22

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It would be interesting to hear an account of the incident once the tourists get back to their homeland.

Posted by Mikey on December 1, 2010 01:06

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@Mikey: Er... no, I don't think so.

Posted by Mike Boyd on December 1, 2010 14:35


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