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The Chinese tourist with the broken leg is treated at Patong beach tonight

Chinese Tourist Breaks Leg in Phuket Parasail Crash at Patong Beach

Friday, February 20, 2015
PHUKET: A Chinese tourist crashed while parasailing at Patong beach this evening, breaking a leg. She is now under examination at the local Phuket hospital for a full assessment of her injuries.

The incident - latest in a long train of deaths, injuries and near-misses involving jet-skis or parasails - came at 6pm as she attempted a landing on the beach.

New rules and regulations covering commercial activities at Patong and all Phuket beaches have not affected the jet-skis and parasails which continue despite reports of scams and the constant danger to swimmers and people on the beach.

While Phuket authorities confirmed this week that tourists are now forbidden from bringing their own beach chairs because police are unable to tell the difference between the beach chairs brought by swimmers and beach chaired hired from illegal operators, jet-skis and speedboats continue to operate.

Local discrimination allowing jet-skis to operate puzzles onlookers because the noisy, polluting machines have been banned in the neighboring tourist provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi and were supposed to be phased out years ago on Phuket.

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It's not that I'm victorious that this happened , as this is of course very unpleasant incident , instead of just accepting Gong Xi Fa Cai and going along with this wish - got such expected outcome instead of joy .

(1) apparent lack of safety of operations , and (2) scams, is that why I never ever used any watersport in Thailand since my first visit to the Kingdom - which was my single time on a group tour here and accompanied by quality instructing incl.the above points .
But I like and do not mind to ride jetski , have a fun with parasailing, banana boat or waterski - and doing a lot of that at other destinations, but not in Thailand.

Posted by Sue on February 20, 2015 19:46

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I hope the Chinese lady makes a speedy recovery
The jet-skis and parasailers must have very influential owners to be still operating in Phuket

Posted by Paul on February 20, 2015 19:53

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Well, there is progress, no smoking on beach, a clear directive what kind of food the tourists may bring to beach.
Forget about the dangerous parasailing and Jet sky scenes. It are only tourists who get seriously hurt or injured, not any thai. That scene has to go on to fill the pockets of influential people on Phuket.

Posted by kurt on February 20, 2015 20:59

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When government authorities they will wake ban all water sports or be it dead before they understand. But maybe there other elements that influence them.
A beach chair and umbrella have never injured a tourist.

Posted by Manu on February 20, 2015 22:09

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Good.

Now ban this beach business.

Posted by Smithy on February 20, 2015 22:48

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Maybe they can charge her for para-sail being out of operation for an hour!!!

Posted by hotgem on February 20, 2015 22:49

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I assume Marine 5 have no knowledge of this accident as usual

Great job by them to allow these businesses to continue. Congratulations Marine 5, I am sure the injured lady is delighted with her holiday.

Posted by Amazing Thailand on February 21, 2015 10:19

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Did the police check IF she wearing HELMET?

Posted by El marinero on February 21, 2015 11:18

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Sue:

You are lucky that you had a good chinese tour guide when you visited the Kingdom. Obviously this lady didn't have the same privileges such as yours!

Posted by Sam on February 21, 2015 15:44


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