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Jet-ski operators at Phuket's Kata beach show off their negative drug tests

Phuket's Marine Police Aim to Tame Jet-Ski Operators, Speedboat 'Captains'

Saturday, September 7, 2013
PHUKET: Jet-ski operators, parasail speedboats and day-trip ''captains'' are being tested for drugs more often as Phuket's Marine Police take a proactive attitude towards safety at sea.

Phuket Marine Police Chief Inspector, Lieutenant Colonel Chatchai Sakdee, told Phuketwan this week that the aim will be to check all people connected with marine activities on Phuket.

Surprise sampling through August and September has turned up positive tests from jet-ski operators at Patong and among ferry crews at two Phuket piers.

But tests at Kata beach - where the photos were taken - and Chalong Pier proved negative.

''We aim to look more closely at the captains in charge of speedboats,'' Lt Colonel Chatchai told Phuketwan. ''There really do need to be higher standards when it comes to the safety of tourists.''

Although he only has a team of 21 - including himself - to operate around Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the lieutenant colonel was bold enough at a meeting during the week to question whether Patong beach was safe without proper zoning.

With Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud holding seminars for taxi and tuk-tuk drivers as well as jet-ski operators, the lieutenant colonel also plans to call in speedboat ''captains'' and crews to hear what's required for proper service and safety.

The crash of a Chinese tourist on a jet-ski and a paragliding speedboat off Patong beach last week also rekindled concerns about safety.

''If people believe they have a problems with anyone on the beach, especially at Patong, they should go to the police box at the end of Bangla Road,'' he said.

''There is no reason why bad behavior should be tolerated in tourism on Phuket.'' He added that in some cases, it was the tourists who caused the trouble.

''Just behave as you would in a lawe-abiding fashion in your own countries,'' he urged. ''Except for a small number of cases, most tourists have a wonderful time on Phuket.''

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A Thai friend worked at a Phuket hotel for many years earning min wage and paying taxes etc. He now owns and operates 6 jet skis in Phuket and makes a considerable amount of money in high season, tax is B2,000/ year. A Thai friend drives a taxi in Phuket and makes large amounts of money in high season tax free. These industries are in serious need of reform.

Posted by gee on September 7, 2013 19:45

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Anyone know when the beach water quality tests will be made public - or will this be "lost"

Posted by Fiesty Farang on September 7, 2013 20:14

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There is no mention at all of any sanctions. It is pure cosmetic wallpapering and will not change a jot. When has any operator been banned? Is there any change now? No. Cosmetic nonsense. Why bother reporting it? I don't understand the news angle.

Posted by smik on September 7, 2013 21:30

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As they are making business with tourists, the jet-ski and parasailing operators should each have a TAT licence and at least one guide registered with the TAT Office in order to deal legally with foreigners willing to sign up for a ride. The law also requires that they give honest and proper information to each of their customers about the dangers of these activities.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on September 8, 2013 14:04

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Why are they smiling, do they think this is a joke? There are ostensibly in possession of a class A drug. They'll be back on the beach today as will any jet ski'damaged' and out of service! Oh TIT is all just for show.

Posted by gee on September 8, 2013 14:41

Editor Comment:

All the people in the photo tested negative to drugs. They have a right to smile.

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A thousand apologies. Sorry x 1000

Posted by gee on September 8, 2013 17:06

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Just testing "captains" and other "boat people" for drugs does not change the skill set these people have.
Make a dedicated education for these job and do only allow people that are qualified work , that is the only way forward.

Posted by Sailor on September 8, 2013 23:09


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