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Major General Chonsit  greets Irish consul Helene Fallon-Wood

Phuket's Jet-Ski Scams Solved by Insurance, Honorary Consuls Told

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
PHUKET: The problem of jet-ski disputes between operators and tourists had been solved, Phuripat Theerakulpisut, Chief of Phuket's Marine Office 5, told a meeting of the island's honorary consuls yesterday.

He said that Phuket's jet-skis were now all insured, so there was no longer a need for tourists and operators to negotiate the cost of damages when crashes occurred.

Australian honorary consul Larry Cunningham made the point that there were times when the jet-skis that were taken out had already been damaged, and that one group of Australians handed over money last year after being ''surrounded, pushed and shoved'' by as many as 20 jet-ski operators.

''They were so scared they handed over the money,'' he said.

Still unresolved, said British honorary consul Martin Carpenter, was the problem of jet-skis operating at beaches such as Surin and Laem Sing, where they were not supposed to operate.

Phuket Police Commander Major General Major General Chonsit Wadhnawarangkun, attending his first honorary consuls' meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City, said police might still be called in to negotiate on a case-by-case basis.

He undertook to see whether action could be taken against people who sold fireworks to tourists on Patong and other beaches, and said the wholesalers could be pursued as well. The problem was raised by German honorary consul Dirk Naumann, who said three groups of German tourists had raised the issue with him.

Major General Chonsit said he would also look into a condominium property dispute in Patong in which Australians, Swedes and others had invested their money but had ''lost their life savings and were very distressed,'' according to Mr Cunningham.

US Consul General Elizabeth S Pratt attended the meeting with Phuket wardens Denny Bowman and Bruce Stanley, who tend to the emergency needs of US citizens on Phuket in a similar fashion to honorary consuls.

The announcement of Ms Pratt's presence by Vice Governor Dr Sommai Preechasin, substituting as chair for Governor Tri Augkaradacha, was greeted with a warm round of applause.

Major General Chonsit made the suggestion that honorary consuls should advise him of problems in advance of the next meeting so that he could more fully provide answers.

With expectations high that some of Phuket's core problems are likely to be addressed in advance of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra holding a Cabinet session on Phuket on March 19-20, the gathering was low key and over within 90 minutes.

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Martin Cunningham . Who is that ed ???

Posted by lord Jim on February 28, 2012 21:16

Editor Comment:

A very unlikely character.

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" Phuket's Jet-Ski Scams Solved by Insurance, Honorary Consuls Told ".

Do these officials really believe that their statements are believed by the majority of the general population of tourists and expats, or even the consuls themselves ? I even find their statements to be an insult to ones intelligence.

Phuripat Theerakulpisut can't even enforce the law of operation of marine craft ( jet skis ) let alone apprehend the driver who nearly cut off a tourists foot with his speedboat in a designated swimming zone.

This place is getting beyond belief, next thing we'll be told there is no problem with public transport, crime doesn't exist, along with the mentality "your fault, if you weren't here the accident wouldn't have happened."

John Denver was right, " take me home........"

Posted by innocent bystander on February 28, 2012 22:20

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What a joke. Here, they actually have an opportunity to do something about this, and it's just a bunch of wishy washy double talk. I guess there is no need to do anything about this, since there is a steady influx of fresh meat, oops, i mean tourists to phuket. Just fleece and terrorize them, never mind, there will be a fresh batch next week.

Posted by fw on February 29, 2012 00:05

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"Very good news!! Thank you for reporting it!" Nice to know my good friend Bruce is a Warden too!
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US Consul General Elizabeth S Pratt attended the meeting with Phuket wardens Denny Bowman and Bruce Stanley

Posted by American Woman on February 29, 2012 00:15

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Did someone in this meeting mention the problems of tourists being run over by speed boats in Kata and the lame excuses of "Chief of Phuket's Marine Office 5"? (Talking about kaputt legs of swimmers here)

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on February 29, 2012 00:42

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He calls the stand over tactics of jet ski operators ''negotiating,'' most would call it thuggery and blackmail by menaces. Last report was their not paying the insurance premiums and its buisness as usual.

Who will police the paying of this,what insurance company would touch them with a 8 foot pole the high probability of false claims and insurance fraud, the major general has been less than fully informed on this issue.

Posted by traveller on February 29, 2012 01:15

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That's all right then problem solved what were we all thinking?These officials can solve absolutely anything.

Posted by Scunner on February 29, 2012 01:17

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I've seen more moral fibre in tumbleweed.

Posted by soupdragon on February 29, 2012 07:06

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Marking my calendar - 29 February 2012 - from this day forward I shall never see another report of a jet ski scam in Phuket.

Posted by larry on February 29, 2012 08:19

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I think 'innocent bystander' below sums it up. However, do keep trying Consuls. As frustrating as it may be, without this dialogue things are unlikely to improve/ change.

Posted by Duncan on February 29, 2012 09:07

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Yes, fully agree, statements are an insult to ones intelligence!

Posted by Mr. K on February 29, 2012 10:41

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Are insured jet-skis marked with a clear sticker?
Is there a top limit or self risk amount?
Perhaps K. Phuripat could be so kind to enlighten the ignorant public about this?

Posted by Sherlock on February 29, 2012 16:15

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And what happens when a tourist is scammed? Call the police?
Same same.
The money is too big to stop them.

Posted by jj on March 4, 2012 16:52


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