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Phuket drownings – The Facts

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In the first eight months of 2017 there have been 294 rescues recorded around Phuket’s beaches patrolled with surf lifeguards on duty. Of these, 265 have been foreigners and the remainder Thai locals.

The good news is that these numbers are trending a lot lower than 2016. Last year there were 761 rescues recorded in the full 12 months.

In 2016, seven people died from drowning at beaches in Phuket patrolled by lifeguards.

This year, only one person has drowned under the watch of Phuket’s trained lifeguards. 37 year old Scott Townsend from the UK was found drowned at Patong Beach in April.

Phuket’s lifeguards are keen to remind us to always swim between the red and yellow flags in areas patrolled by professional lifeguards. And NEVER swim at beaches where there are only red flags.



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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Weather for January 22

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Bangkok

Partly cloudy. High 33C. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Phuket

Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High 31C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Chiang Mai

Plenty of sunshine. High near 30C. Winds light and variable.

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Pattaya

A good deal of sunshine. High 32C. Winds N at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Hua Hin

Partly cloudy. High around 30C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Koh Samui

Overcast with rain showers at times. High around 25C. Winds E at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.

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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Air quality for Thailand – January 22

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Northern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality for Thailand - January 22 | News by The Thaiger

Central Thailand

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Air quality for Thailand - January 22 | News by The Thaiger

Southern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

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