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Speedboats at Chalong: greater attention to life vest safety

Wear Life Vests Order to Speedboats

Thursday, October 23, 2014
PHUKET: Speedboat captains off the coast of Thailand's holiday provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga have been made responsible for ensuring that passengers wear life vests at all times.

The Chief of Marine Office 5, Phuripat Theerakulpisut, said today: ''Random checks will be made and any speedboat where the captain does not ensure that passengers are properly protected will face severe penalties.

''They could lose their livelihoods.''

The upgrade in regulations follows the drowning of two Indian passengers when a traditional longtail boat was swamped off the coast of Krabi earlier this month and the deaths of two Koreans when a speedboat laden with passengers flipped on striking an anchor rope or net while returning to Phuket from Phi Phi.

The captain of the speedboat is in jail in Krabi - the crash occurred in Krabi waters - and is facing serious charges.

Police are waiting for the captain of the fishing trawler involved to return so he can be interviewed before proceeding with the case.

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What about liveaboard boats?
Do customers have to take shower and sleep with their life-vests?

Posted by Whistle-Blower on October 23, 2014 15:46

Editor Comment:

Only if they are wise.

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Chief of Marine Office 5, Phuripat Theerakulpisut PLEASE START ACTIVELY PATROLLING SHORELINES AND FINING HEAVILY , CONFISCATING VESSELS, AND JAILING CAPTAINS WHO DO NOT OBESEVE NO WAKE ZONES ON IDLE SPEED ONLY WITHIN 500 METRES OF OTHER VESSELS OR SHORELINES.

That is the only punishment for these crazy pumped up Thai captains on the speedboats.

Posted by paul smith on October 23, 2014 15:56

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'Ordering' is one thing...
'Enforcement' is another...

'Ongoing' ethical and fair Law Enforcement is all what is needed.

Posted by Mr K on October 23, 2014 16:13

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Orders, orders and more orders. Weren't "captains" given this same order last month and at the beginning of the military take over? Maybe people should be MADE to obey military orders now. Seems like a weak bleat by authorities?

Posted by Duncan B on October 23, 2014 16:35

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I agree with this whole heartedly, but is this just for companies or people with private boats?

Posted by Tbs on October 23, 2014 17:28

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Speedboats . . . I guess it could be all vessels fitting that description.

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Another knee-jerk reaction not thought through. The plan needs more thought and definition as to what boats are included. A statement from the Phuket Marine Office Chief isn't enough - an official document (regulation/ law?) that is available for all and then enforced would be a more responsible approach than a knee-jerk "say something quick to try to calm the situation" action. This is after all the 21st Century and Phuket deserves better.

Posted by Duncan on October 23, 2014 18:57

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It's a reactive measure - with tourist numbers down. Wouldn't it be great if they did this years ago? But there was no need then, in their minds.

Posted by farang888 on October 23, 2014 22:15

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As a seafarer myself, I agree that life-jackets should be worn at all times, but, in the case of the two Koreans drowned in the flipped speed-boat, it would not have saved them. In fact, by not wearing life-jackets, more people surveived.
This is the same reason why when you fly, you are instructed NOT to inflate your life-jacket inside the plane, but, once you have evacuated.

Posted by sir burr on October 24, 2014 05:46

Editor Comment:

There is no way you can make that judgement, Sir Burr. It's a foolish and empty-headed thing to say. Total offensive rubbish.

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NOT FOR PUBLICATION

No, it's not foolish. Every offshore safety facility teaches you that you NEVER put a lif-jacket on in an enclosed space as this will stop you getting out. You will just get pinned to the ceiling, or, the floor if the boat has flipped. If you were in a flipped speed-boat, how to you propose to swim out wearing a life vest? It's impossible. As a professional in this area of 30 years, I know I have a lot more experience than you.

I don't want this published as I realise you want people to wear life-jackets in speed-boats, which I agree with, but, a flipped speed-boat is a totally different scenario. You need to get over your ignorance and use logic to see that my post is correct.

Posted by sir burr on October 24, 2014 07:06

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We don't accept comments that are not for publication. There is no way you can offer an opinion on the circumstances involved in this tragic death unless you were there, or unless you have been involved in the investigation. You assume you know, based on background knowledge, what took place. That's inept arrogance. Even if you were the inventor of the speedboat, you wouldn't know and couldn't say how these deaths occurred, or why.


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