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Tourists are given the messsage about jet-skis at Patong yesterday

Phuket Jet-Ski Wrangles Draw Interest of Top Tourist Police Chief

Saturday, March 16, 2013
PHUKET: Thailand's top Tourist Police Chief visited Phuket's Patong beach yesterday in response to complaints that Chinese tourists had been charged excessive amounts for damaging jet-skis.

General Roi Engkapairoj talked to Nucha Petwimon, deputy president of the Phuket Jet-Ski Association, and was shown paperwork used to explain the hiring of jet-skis to tourists.

Problems arise when jet-ski damage exceeds the amount covered by insurance and a fair payment has to be negotiated between the tourist rider and the operator.

Chinese consul Qin Jian this week wrote to Phuket tourism authorities and consumer bodies outlining two cases in which Chinese tourists had been asked to pay large amounts.

General Roi was yesterday shown a photograph of one of the damaged jet-skis, which crashed into a yacht.

Jet-ski operators have been accused of intimidation and verbal abuse of tourists in disputes.

Phuket's honorary consuls have suggested that to avoid the problem, the maximum payout on the insurance policy should be increased, along with the cost of hiring a jet-ski.

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Just get rid of the jet skis once and for all.

Posted by chaseable on March 16, 2013 11:59

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They should not rent jet-skis to 14/15 year old people in the first place.

Posted by FS on March 16, 2013 16:02

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@FS..By law they should not rent to any age [esp 14/15 as you say] without the renter providing a valid sea captains license.
Any age is illegal to rent to without this license.
Simple solution ..enforce the existing law!! End of all problems.

Posted by jonesy949 on March 16, 2013 18:31

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The jetski insurance only covers 50,000 baht. That is like renting cars to tourists and the car insurance only covering 100k baht. Such an obvious scam. Anyone who rents them at this point needs their head examined.

Posted by BigP on March 17, 2013 03:27

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For a true an accurate assessment field exercise he should have hired one id guess the jet skiers would give him one with a good engine not one tampered with to fail so they could charge a rescue fee,would skip the part of demanding his passport, rush into the water to remove strategically placed rocks, make a cell phone call to ensure a pre arranged collision doesn't take place and not bother lifting some obscure piece to discover
imaginary horrendous damage after the ride.

Posted by slickmelb on March 22, 2013 00:53


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