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Marine Police rescue the trawler in distress off Phuket today

Weather Forecast Grim: Boat Warnings Cease

Sunday, June 2, 2013
PHUKET: A weather warning to small boats would be issued for the Phuket region today - if forecasters were still able to issue one.

However, according to a spokesman from the Phuket-based Southern Meteorological Centre (West Coast), the forecasters no longer are able to issue warnings that small boats should not put to sea.

''The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation now has that responsibility,'' the spokesman said, ''even though their warnings are based on the information that we supply to them.''

Bad weather is predicted on Phuket, in Phang Nga and Krabi today and every day until Thursday. There's a 60 percent chance of rain each day.

The DDPM has issued a written warning about the dangers of landslips but the warning does not mention small boats.

Most of the DDPM's activities in the past have been associated with potential problems based on land.

''We still tell people who telephone us whether or not it's safe to put to sea,'' the forecaster said.

Marine Police were investigating a distress signal from a fishing boat about 20 miles off Bang Tao beach today.

The fishing boat, with about 10 crew on board, asked for help about 8.30am and then could not be contacted a short time later.

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The "official" warning should come from Marine region 5 and should be clearly posted at ALL points, especially where tours depart from. This would give tourist the chance to cancel their trip, therefore putting some responsibility on the tourist.

Posted by Phuket_IOC on June 2, 2013 11:08

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So the boat captains in question will have to call this office to see if it's OK? Looks like a giant leap backwards for tourist safety.

Posted by Jon on June 2, 2013 11:13

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According to different weather forecast websites, wind speed should not exceed 3-4 Beaufort and maximun swell height about 2-3 meters which is normal for the season and should not be a problem for seaworthly fishing boat, tour and dive powered boats; speed boats may get seasick customers during tranfers between islands.

The best would be to have an official weather forecast board at all marinas and piers with daily informations about weather forecast for the coming day and following days; but unfortunately we know all that it will work few days or few weeks and will be left the weather forecast boards to rot forever.

"Mai Pen Rai, all well educated Thai captains know better than us what they have to do" is saying Khun Phuripat Theerakulpisut, Chief of Phuket's Marine Office 5.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on June 2, 2013 13:29

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I''d wondered where the weather warnings on the TMD site had gone.

Posted by Geraint Lewis on June 2, 2013 13:59

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A reshuffling of deck chairs for the resposibility department,its possible they may do a good job of it lets try to be optimisic and see what falls from the tree with this shuffle.

Posted by slickmelb on June 3, 2013 01:29

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Very disturbing in view of the increasing number of serious incidents relating to vessels involved in the tourist industry. One hopes that the appropriate authority is about to introduce marine safety standards common to most countries with this volume of tourism.

Posted by Muffler on June 3, 2013 09:15


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