Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Given the events that have occurred at Phuket's beaches in recent weeks, it is difficult to ascertain which is the greater maritime threat: natural phenomena such as the rough monsoon seas that claim the lives of scores of overconfident swimmers every year – or the juvenile carnival that gets underway when the winds subside and the beach business operators return to the water with the same recklessness that we suffer on our roads.

In the latest catastrophe, the holiday of Russian tourist Nikolai Nefedov came to a horrific end last Friday afternoon when he was struck off Kata Beach by the propeller of a speedboat used to tow airborne tourists under para-sails. (See front page story, current issue of the Phuket Gazette. Digital subscribers click here to download the full issue.)

The incident re-exposed long-standing problems with the behavior of the many cowboys who operate beach businesses on the island with little or no regulation, and with roughly the same amount of common sense.

Mr Nefedov was reportedly a strong swimmer who attempted to dive to safety when the terrifying boat came at him. While the dive may have saved his life, it did not spare him multiple fractures, deep cuts, bruises and a partially severed leg.

The fact that he was among a group of swimmers in shallow water clearly indicates that the speedboat failed to even use a spotter. Witnesses said the boat operator was alone at the time of the incident, and that he hesitated before returning to assist the Russian aboard.

Then, after dropping his victim on the beach, he promptly fled the scene, as is common practice in road accidents here.

Writing from Russia, Mr Nefedov’s daughter Ilya contacted the Phuket Gazette to ask that we “trace the development of the incident in order to avoid similar accidents” in the future. Her message suggests disbelief that such an accident could happen here, and reveals a notion that it was a one-off, whereas it was, in fact, far from unique.

Sadly, this was not a case of breached safety protocols. At most popular Phuket beaches, the lack of clear markings as to where vessels can approach shore, coupled with an almost complete lack of oversight and enforcement of law, makes it difficult to believe that such accidents do not occur far more often than they do.

Although the law requires that boat operators – even jet-ski drivers – hold a Thai captain's license, it is common knowledge that few do. And the regulations with regard to licensing and insurance are violated daily on a wholesale basis.

It is very important that the authorities now find and charge with negligence the operator of the speedboat that struck Mr Nefedov. It should not be difficult to find him as his colleagues at the beach know who he is.

Finally, it's time for the marine police to come out of hiding. They need to switch allegiances to the public and begin to put teeth into the laws on boat safety and operator licensing – and to do so in the most visible manner possible. Without this, continued injuries and deaths at the beach are guaranteed.
– Phuket Gazette

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This is not the usual, "Things are bad here" comment! This time, someone thought about it, as did the daughter, to seek a way to end this catastrophic, most commonplace and fully preventable "accident" here in Phuket! Please, Phuket Police, hear this cry and do as requested. I am tired of reading about the dead almost every week, and soon more as the tourist season heats up.

Posted by Anyse December 11, 2011 01:57:20PM

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This and related problems are discussed since so many years it makes me feel old thinking about it. As long as the Government cannot remove monetary incentives to keep eyes shut nothing will change. Police personnel can be changed every year, but as long as the system is not changed we are wissing into the wind.

Posted by wolf December 11, 2011 02:02:33PM

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Congratulations for your article, it goes to the heart of the problem.

Posted by Ric December 11, 2011 02:05:09PM

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Superb editorial laying out the cold facts that common sense, accountability and law enforcement are secondary here in Phuket, and far far in the lead are the ignorant and selfish concerned only with making a buck while they can (before tourists smarten up and stop coming to such a place). Now that the victim has gone home, the police, as they explained recently in another article, can't or won't do anything.

Posted by They don't care December 11, 2011 02:12:22PM

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To show off their jet-skis for rent, the owners are very, very dangerous. They drive the machines very, very fast. Nobody speaks about the noise! Especially when the tourist boats arrive. It must stop as soon as possible, but... Praise The Lord!

Posted by navez December 11, 2011 02:34:52PM

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Congratulations for your article, it goes to the heart of the problem.

Posted by Ric

I agree, and love the headline... "...and those who do not govern them". Actually, the whole cowboy problem could be solved in a few days IF the authorities, particularly the police, would simply do their job. But, almost surely not gonna happen.

Posted by Jao December 11, 2011 02:55:49PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now December 11, 2011 04:14:17PM

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This was News for years and will still be News for the coming years, nothing will change before laws are enforced and that will simply not happen. Sabai sabai ;-)

Posted by Bjarne December 11, 2011 04:35:30PM

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To the Editor: Sir, it is pointless for all of us passing comment here about what amounts to a corrupt authority who turn a blind eye to everything from traffic violations to assaults. Please supply us, in this comments section, with the names and emails of the various authorities who we can email directly. The Governor and Chief of Police would be a good start. Thank you.

Posted by David Lombardi December 11, 2011 04:42:00PM

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I have seen areas marked "swimmers only" (ropes with buoys) that are completely disregarded by speedboats – this was at Koh Samet.

Posted by larry December 11, 2011 04:54:12PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores December 11, 2011 04:56:46PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence. December 11, 2011 07:44:37PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas December 11, 2011 08:24:45PM

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"...he promptly fled the scene, as is common practice...." At least he dropped him off – could have been a lot worse.

Posted by Muki December 11, 2011 08:59:06PM

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This doesn't make sense. A few make millions, but society, including some very rich and powerful people, might loose billions in lost income. Why do these people not react?

Posted by Sherlock December 11, 2011 09:29:10PM

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For the last few years Patong Beach was segregated into areas by floating buoys during the high season – one for swimmers and the other for jet-skis and speed boats. It worked fine and everyone seemed happy.

I was there in November and it was open sea for the entire beach. I will be back later this month and I hope those buoys will be back. Otherwise there will be more Kata-like accidents!

Posted by Julian K. December 11, 2011 09:46:11PM

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To the Editor: Sir, it is pointless for all of us passing comment here about what amounts to a corrupt authority who turn a blind eye to everything from traffic violations to assaults. Please supply us, in this comments section, with the names and emails of the various authorities who we can email directly. The Governor and Chief of Police would be a good start. Thank you.

Posted by David Lombardi

Maybe the officers mentioned are not in this, ehhh... alternative money circuit?

Posted by TheyAreAllGreedy December 11, 2011 09:57:56PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B December 11, 2011 10:16:20PM

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I really believe the time has come for strong action here in Patong Beach. The tourist must simply not be allowed to enter the water, with stiff fines for violations. I envision Patong as a world class jet-ski and para-sailing beach – only. If the tourist wishes to swim, he or she can do so at another beach. Tourists can still be allowed to sit on the sand and watch the sights at Patong Beach, but they must stay OUT of the water.

Posted by sherlock holmes December 11, 2011 11:33:05PM

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I am a former employee in a well known hotel directly on a southern Phuket beach. Every year our hotel was "forced" to purchase buoys and ropes to seal off a part of the beach for swimmers. The local municipality does nothing to assist. Guests would give us letters and ask us to send these to the authorities, which we did to no avail. Even ATVs are now seen on the beach, speeding along hundreds of tourists. Policing? Zero.

Posted by mk December 12, 2011 01:55:10AM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan December 12, 2011 08:16:12AM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique December 12, 2011 08:25:53AM

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I really believe the time has come for strong action here in Patong Beach. The tourist must simply not be allowed to enter the water, with stiff fines for violations. I envision Patong as a world class jet-ski and para-sailing beach – only. If the tourist wishes to swim, he or she can do so at another beach. Tourists can still be allowed to sit on the sand and watch the sights at Patong Beach, but they must stay OUT of the water.

Posted by sherlock holmes

This is a very, very good suggestion and I trust the TAT will insist that it be implemented immediately!

Posted by Jerry Kelly December 12, 2011 08:31:18AM

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All these cowboys get an all-expense-paid trip around Thailand each year, paid for by the local Tesabaan to burn up their budget.

Maybe the Governor can look into how much money local government bodies get from beach chair concessions to see how some them operate.

Posted by Gord December 12, 2011 09:00:06AM

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All problems in that article will not be resolved until the Central Government with a strong task force remove all corrupted officials up to the highest levels in Phuket Administrations and local OrBorTor's and OrBorJor's.

Unfortunately that will not happen as it has been since 20 years....Long life to corruption.....

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 12, 2011 10:39:03AM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique

And if you have your head in the sand you will see....sand.
"get well soon"
lol I think most are trying to get well but we live on a sick island.

Posted by Ostrich December 12, 2011 02:39:30PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan

Well, Derek, maybe you can tell us all who really owns your "home."
Sure, you own the bricks and mortar, but tell us all about the land.

Many can afford to buy property here but chose not to.
Anyway, enjoy what you think is an "investment" Derek. It's depreciating by the day.

Posted by Renter December 12, 2011 05:57:44PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan

I have several properties in my home country but would never buy a property here.

My reasons have been discussed far and wide and my decision is informed. Each to their own. Good luck with your decision.

Posted by Mitch December 12, 2011 06:02:36PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique

That's pretty hypocritical, Monique. "What you see reflects your state of mind." If you "see" what Charlie B is saying, then you must also be in a similar state of mind.

Also, only one "tortured soul" would be able to identify another tortured soul. Is there something you are not telling us Monique? Have you had some pain here in paradise, or has it all be rose colored? I hope you get well soon also.

Posted by B. Holder December 12, 2011 06:10:50PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique

That's pretty hypocritical, Monique. "What you see reflects your state of mind." If you "see" what Charlie B is saying, then you must also be in a similar state of mind.

Also, only one "tortured soul" would be able to identify another tortured soul. Is there something you are not telling us Monique? Have you had some pain here in paradise, or has it all be rose colored? I hope you get well soon also.

Posted by B. Holder December 12, 2011 06:10:50PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan

I have several properties in my home country but would never buy a property here.

My reasons have been discussed far and wide and my decision is informed. Each to their own. Good luck with your decision.

Posted by Mitch December 12, 2011 06:02:36PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan

Well, Derek, maybe you can tell us all who really owns your "home."
Sure, you own the bricks and mortar, but tell us all about the land.

Many can afford to buy property here but chose not to.
Anyway, enjoy what you think is an "investment" Derek. It's depreciating by the day.

Posted by Renter December 12, 2011 05:57:44PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique

And if you have your head in the sand you will see....sand.
"get well soon"
lol I think most are trying to get well but we live on a sick island.

Posted by Ostrich December 12, 2011 02:39:30PM

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All problems in that article will not be resolved until the Central Government with a strong task force remove all corrupted officials up to the highest levels in Phuket Administrations and local OrBorTor's and OrBorJor's.

Unfortunately that will not happen as it has been since 20 years....Long life to corruption.....

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 12, 2011 10:39:03AM

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All these cowboys get an all-expense-paid trip around Thailand each year, paid for by the local Tesabaan to burn up their budget.

Maybe the Governor can look into how much money local government bodies get from beach chair concessions to see how some them operate.

Posted by Gord December 12, 2011 09:00:06AM

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I really believe the time has come for strong action here in Patong Beach. The tourist must simply not be allowed to enter the water, with stiff fines for violations. I envision Patong as a world class jet-ski and para-sailing beach – only. If the tourist wishes to swim, he or she can do so at another beach. Tourists can still be allowed to sit on the sand and watch the sights at Patong Beach, but they must stay OUT of the water.

Posted by sherlock holmes

This is a very, very good suggestion and I trust the TAT will insist that it be implemented immediately!

Posted by Jerry Kelly December 12, 2011 08:31:18AM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Darling. What you see reflects your state of mind. If you're a tortured soul you will of course see hell. Get well soon.

Posted by Monique December 12, 2011 08:25:53AM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence.

Well, if you can't afford to buy a home here, where WOULD you be able to afford it??? lol. Perhaps you could try Papua New Guinea?

Posted by Derek Regan December 12, 2011 08:16:12AM

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I am a former employee in a well known hotel directly on a southern Phuket beach. Every year our hotel was "forced" to purchase buoys and ropes to seal off a part of the beach for swimmers. The local municipality does nothing to assist. Guests would give us letters and ask us to send these to the authorities, which we did to no avail. Even ATVs are now seen on the beach, speeding along hundreds of tourists. Policing? Zero.

Posted by mk December 12, 2011 01:55:10AM

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I really believe the time has come for strong action here in Patong Beach. The tourist must simply not be allowed to enter the water, with stiff fines for violations. I envision Patong as a world class jet-ski and para-sailing beach – only. If the tourist wishes to swim, he or she can do so at another beach. Tourists can still be allowed to sit on the sand and watch the sights at Patong Beach, but they must stay OUT of the water.

Posted by sherlock holmes December 11, 2011 11:33:05PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas

I agree with your avatar. Phuket has a 'Death Wish'.

Posted by Charlie B December 11, 2011 10:16:20PM

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To the Editor: Sir, it is pointless for all of us passing comment here about what amounts to a corrupt authority who turn a blind eye to everything from traffic violations to assaults. Please supply us, in this comments section, with the names and emails of the various authorities who we can email directly. The Governor and Chief of Police would be a good start. Thank you.

Posted by David Lombardi

Maybe the officers mentioned are not in this, ehhh... alternative money circuit?

Posted by TheyAreAllGreedy December 11, 2011 09:57:56PM

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For the last few years Patong Beach was segregated into areas by floating buoys during the high season – one for swimmers and the other for jet-skis and speed boats. It worked fine and everyone seemed happy.

I was there in November and it was open sea for the entire beach. I will be back later this month and I hope those buoys will be back. Otherwise there will be more Kata-like accidents!

Posted by Julian K. December 11, 2011 09:46:11PM

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This doesn't make sense. A few make millions, but society, including some very rich and powerful people, might loose billions in lost income. Why do these people not react?

Posted by Sherlock December 11, 2011 09:29:10PM

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"...he promptly fled the scene, as is common practice...." At least he dropped him off – could have been a lot worse.

Posted by Muki December 11, 2011 08:59:06PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now

I agree with your name.

Posted by Chas December 11, 2011 08:24:45PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores

Yes, the sun is setting over Phuket. RIP Phuket. It was great while it lasted but, ultimately, it had to succumb to greed and corruption.

Everything goes full circle in life. We all await Phuket's rebirth. Having said that, lucky for me I do not own a business or a property in Phuket. My condolences to those who do. Foreigners could not ride the wave forever, whilst Thai landlords keep squeezing tourism here.

Posted by Greener pastures over the fence. December 11, 2011 07:44:37PM

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Good article, well written, to the point, I truly hope someone with the authority to do something is paying attention.
Nice picture, pre-sunset across Patong Bay?

Posted by Sandy Shores December 11, 2011 04:56:46PM

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I have seen areas marked "swimmers only" (ropes with buoys) that are completely disregarded by speedboats – this was at Koh Samet.

Posted by larry December 11, 2011 04:54:12PM

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To the Editor: Sir, it is pointless for all of us passing comment here about what amounts to a corrupt authority who turn a blind eye to everything from traffic violations to assaults. Please supply us, in this comments section, with the names and emails of the various authorities who we can email directly. The Governor and Chief of Police would be a good start. Thank you.

Posted by David Lombardi December 11, 2011 04:42:00PM

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This was News for years and will still be News for the coming years, nothing will change before laws are enforced and that will simply not happen. Sabai sabai ;-)

Posted by Bjarne December 11, 2011 04:35:30PM

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Phuket will have to hit rock bottom before anything will change.

After the tsunami, tourists were begged to come back to Phuket. Tourism is now slowing on Phuket, mostly due to outpricing themselves in the SE Asian market but also due to so much negative publicity that the authorities allow to happen.

There is no sustainability in so many deaths, rip offs, scams, extortions etc because it is not happening next door.

Posted by Only the Thai army can save Phuket now December 11, 2011 04:14:17PM

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Congratulations for your article, it goes to the heart of the problem.

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I agree, and love the headline... "...and those who do not govern them". Actually, the whole cowboy problem could be solved in a few days IF the authorities, particularly the police, would simply do their job. But, almost surely not gonna happen.

Posted by Jao December 11, 2011 02:55:49PM

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To show off their jet-skis for rent, the owners are very, very dangerous. They drive the machines very, very fast. Nobody speaks about the noise! Especially when the tourist boats arrive. It must stop as soon as possible, but... Praise The Lord!

Posted by navez December 11, 2011 02:34:52PM

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Superb editorial laying out the cold facts that common sense, accountability and law enforcement are secondary here in Phuket, and far far in the lead are the ignorant and selfish concerned only with making a buck while they can (before tourists smarten up and stop coming to such a place). Now that the victim has gone home, the police, as they explained recently in another article, can't or won't do anything.

Posted by They don't care December 11, 2011 02:12:22PM

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Congratulations for your article, it goes to the heart of the problem.

Posted by Ric December 11, 2011 02:05:09PM

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This and related problems are discussed since so many years it makes me feel old thinking about it. As long as the Government cannot remove monetary incentives to keep eyes shut nothing will change. Police personnel can be changed every year, but as long as the system is not changed we are wissing into the wind.

Posted by wolf December 11, 2011 02:02:33PM

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This is not the usual, "Things are bad here" comment! This time, someone thought about it, as did the daughter, to seek a way to end this catastrophic, most commonplace and fully preventable "accident" here in Phuket! Please, Phuket Police, hear this cry and do as requested. I am tired of reading about the dead almost every week, and soon more as the tourist season heats up.

Posted by Anyse December 11, 2011 01:57:20PM

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