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Phuket go back to sleep, you have proved once again, you don;t care for anybody, just money. I think that you are a very sick and backward island. May God rest your once loving and caring paradise.
Posted by Graham on February 15, 2010 05:42
Accidents will happen, but if you see a child swimming unsupervised, or one on a motorbike without a helmet, talk to their parents.
Posted by Philip on February 15, 2010 06:03
Very sad news. I heard today on the radio that no companies made a proposal for the lifeguard contract on Phuket and as a result the authorities have 'sweetened' the offer. Now the service provider only has to provide services for 10 months a year (as opposed to the original 12 months) and the fee is still the same... 5 million THB. I was shocked at the fee... only 5 million THB has been allocated for something that is essential for tourism. Yet the authorities can muster hundred's of million to build another hospital, roads etc. etc. Oh, and a few billion from central govt. for a convention centre. Priorities seem to be amiss here. Unbelieveable!
Posted by Duncan on February 15, 2010 09:43
I was there again unlike the new years day drowning I arrived after the events, there are no real warning signs in Thai for the problem at this end of the beach, the fast flowing water from the creek caused at low tide when all the water is flowing out leads into suddenly deep water, the beach there in the low season has a very steep gradient and you only have to walk one metre to be from knee high to out of your depth and its exactly this location where all these drownings have occoured.
Posted by Michael on February 15, 2010 11:39
whoever makes the laws and decisions on Phuket, SHAME on you !
Posted by elizabeth on February 15, 2010 14:58
I truly believe that life guarding, is another occupation that foreigners could easily fill. If Phuket stills portrays itself as a world class travel destination, well trained (certified?) staff should be on-duty. I don't know who currently oversees the beach security and safety operations that are in place (or not) around the island - but maybe something like this might be better handled on a more local level, say with the Or Bor Tor. I have had to pull a few local (Phuket island!)Thai teenagers out of the water myself over the years who were dressed in street clothes during red flag days. Guards should always be present and warn people of the hazards and ripe tides are. And jet skis should be given to qualified lifeguards.
Posted by peter rawai on February 15, 2010 20:03
I hope Lonely Planet and the rest reads this and would put a big note in their Thailand Southern Island collection that travellers must remember to swim at their own risk.
Posted by peter rawai on February 15, 2010 20:08
Good job, Mr. Wehrhahn. Hopefully it saved her life.
Posted by Lena on February 15, 2010 20:39
Thanks Peter in Rawai.
Posted by Andrew on February 16, 2010 10:00
Phuket needs to develop a volunteer- based life saving movement similar to Australia where are there 269 surf clubs with membership of 98,000 of which 21,000 are involved in active patrolling of beaches.
Posted by Peter on February 16, 2010 14:28
Thanks for the update, please keep us informed. Prayers and wishes going to the young girl.
Posted by Michael on February 16, 2010 14:50
The only time Thai people will wake up to their problems, is when it hits the pocket. It's not just Phuket but many other towns in Thailand. When tourist start to get fed up with the robberies, muggings, death riding moped riders and cars drivers. Thailand is getting such a bad name and Phuket is at the top. Phuket you best wake up because the rats will be leaving the town.
Posted by Monica Vearer on February 17, 2010 08:08
The 5 million baht leaves very little wiggle room so those in charge won't get "paid" for doing their job. The billions on offer for the conference centre however will enrich those overseeing it so naturally attention will be focused on the big pot. Put some more money in the tea fund and the job will get done. That's the way on Phuket.
Posted by Bernie on February 17, 2010 12:39
To Peter's comments,
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