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The makings of a dispute at Patong as new damage is revealed

Phuket Jet-Ski Crash Tourists Settle Dispute on Karon Beach

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
PHUKET: A dispute over repairs to jet-skis was resolved on the beach at Karon yesterday evening after a long discussion between two Russian tourists and jet-ski operators.

The Russians had crashed the jet-skis and admitted liability but objected to the 85,000 baht asking price, said Wal Brown, an International Liason Volunteer at Kathu Police Station.

''It was really down to one of the new expat volunteer recruits, Vlad Molseev, who negotiated a proper settlement,'' he said. ''Neither of the Russians could speak English, so it wasn't easy.''

Winai ''JJ'' Naiman, perhaps Phuket's most famous jet-ski operator, also came to Karon from Patong to help with a settlement.

Although many jet-ski disputes are eventually resolved at Patong's Kathu Police Station, Karon is overseen by Chalong police who are not as familiar with mediating jet-ski disputes.

It was decided to mediate on the beach, without the police, even after sunset. Eventually the cost for the two battered jet-skis was whittled down to a total of 32,000 baht.

''The Russians, who were due to leave Phuket today, were content to pay that,'' Mr Brown said. The figure was calculated at 3000 baht per day for five days, the maximum period for which the jet-skis were likely to be out of action, plus 1000 baht for the paperwork.

All jet-skis on Phuket are now supposed to be insured, but the insurance does not cover loss of income, nor does it cover damage beyond 50,000 baht.

Colonel Panya Jansomwong, Deputy Superintendent at Kathu Police Station, told a meeting in late February that there had been 14 jet-ski disputes mediated at the station up to that point.

Mr Brown said today that volunteers continue to be involved with discussions over jet-skis regularly.

He said there were now three Russian-speaking volunteers, which was a help because of the numbers of Russian visitors, but there was a need for more German and French-speaking volunteers.

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didn't authorities say there's now no more isues with jet skis due to insurance, 14 settlement disputes at the police stations (and that figure is questionable) do not support the rhetoric of no more problem.

Posted by traveller on March 22, 2012 17:17

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If they loose so much they have to pay tax, so see their tax receipts, that would any insurance company ask for !
Ban jetski on all beached, thay not give anything to the island ! Except problems !

Posted by karsten on March 22, 2012 19:19

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If you feel to rent a jetsky, wait, sit down on the sand and think: what's it worth for you? Is it worth ,more than a lovely time spent in a parlour massage?
Every time I got that doubt, the answer is easy to find out: the latter idea, of course!

Posted by Mario on March 26, 2012 22:06

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If every body would stop using jetskis and tuk tuks, than all these problems and rip offs would not exist anymore.

Posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2012 00:36


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