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Ed, why don't you enquire about the other four speed boats that sank during the same week but never managed to make the headlines???
Posted by George on January 9, 2012 10:57
Who do you suggest we call, George?
The media can ask all the questions it likes, but its common knowledge that no real answer, or better still firm solutions, will be forthcoming.
Posted by Graham on January 9, 2012 15:01
I'm off to Phuket in march and have already
Posted by Jonno on January 9, 2012 15:12
I travelled sept 2011 and took the slow ferry, not a problem, it had toilets, snack bar, and in the choppy crossing made light work of it, we saw a few speedboat passengers getting quite bounced around when they rocketed past.. was glad we chose the ferry, it takes about an hour and a half to travel the distance and wasn't bored, watched the antic of the speedboats and the views made it go by quick.. And yes I did make sure there were lifejackets..just in case..LOL
Posted by Rob on January 9, 2012 16:47
I think a warning of Safety from ALL countries about Phuket would Be Good For Phuket. Phuket is Growing way to fast for it's own good. They are boasting about the amount of visitors every year steadily increasing. Phuket Lacks Police and Safety measures Through out. As My lady In Phuket says T.I.T. This Is Thailand.
Posted by Khun John on January 9, 2012 23:56
If you want a trouble free ocean trip use Simba Sea Tours. Very safe & professional outfit. Check them out on facebook.
Posted by Ritchard on January 10, 2012 05:09
I have been out in some of these speed boats. They have no fire safety, usually just one bilge pump, they are made of plywood, they are all leaking thus taken on shore every day, and most have 2 stroke engines polluting badly. Barely usable very close to the coast. Would anyone have travelled off shore with these boats back home?
Posted by katabeachbum on January 10, 2012 14:58
As one of the Aussie tourist saved in the above incident, we were all shocked to learn the next day that the skipper had previously informed the owner of the boat that it was damaged and the bilge pump was faulty. The owner refused to make repairs as he could not afford to. How the captain could then risk not only his own life but that of his crew, children and other adults beggars belief. If this is the mentality of professional boat operators in Thailand, what hope is there. Thank God for Prestige Divers, who saved us all.
Posted by greg on January 11, 2012 07:33
Fact is: Nearly ALL Thai speedboats are dangerous. They are over-loaded; without proper safety equipment and with NO buoyancy [as they are made of wood and chipboard]. Most people do not realize that even if filled with water, most safely built boats should not sink, but only 'bob around' at the surface [semi-submerged]. I would never take my children on 99% of Thai speedboats. There are big [safer boats] that go to Phi Phi. In Thailand avoid speedboats, jet-skis and tuk-tuks [where possible.]
Posted by JJ on January 11, 2012 18:05
Took a (too long) bumpy speedboat trip to Phi Phi on 6 Aug. It was far too rough and uncomfortable. No lifejacket drill. Injured my hand trying to retrieve a bag under my seat, as the boat dropped down over a wave. It's still swollen, it's been scanned and drained (back in Australia) but it's weeks off from full recovery. Skipper on boat concerned and fetched ice on Phi Phi, which island was dirty and lacking facilities. Other passengers from another vessel took the ferry back - wish we had.
Posted by Marion on August 29, 2012 07:45
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