Connect with us

Phuket

Diving restricted in Phi Phi following speedboat accident

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Diving in the Phi Phi archipelago has been limited to three dive sites following an incident on Wednesday when a speedboat seriously injured two Russian divers.

“We will be strictly enforcing the rule that allows diving only at Loh Samah Bay, Bida Nai and Bida Nok,” said Boonnam Chuyradom, assistant chief of Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. “All dive companies are aware of this. However, they regularly disobey the rules and dive anywhere they want.”

Those found diving outside of these areas face a fine of up to 1,000 baht, said Mr Boonnam.

Mr Boonnam pointed out that the accident occurred in an area where diving was not permitted.

According to witnesses on the dive boat, Russian nationals Sergei Dmitriev, 30, and Dmitry Kurynov, 48, had surfaced with a surface-marker buoy about 10 meters away from the rock wall of a well-known dive spot on Phi Phi Leh. While at the surface, they were hit by the speedboat, it’s propeller slicing though one of the divers’ legs and seriously injuring the other (story here).

The 22-year-old speedboat captain has been charged with reckless driving causing serious injury (story here).

Members of the diving industry met with officials yesterday to discuss what could be done to better regulate diving in the area and ensure diver safety.

“The dive companies have requested that we open up 16 additional dive locations. They explained that they would support the move by placing buoys and signs to protect divers from speedboats,” said Mr Boonnam.

“We have taken their suggestion on board and will submit the proposal to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.”

However, Mr Boonnam went on to allege that many dive companies not only took customers to unregulated areas, but also supported diving in the park without the necessary permission.

“There are only 21 boats that have secured permission from us before diving in the park. However, I think there are more boats diving illegally out there,” he said.

— Kongleaphy Keam

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Environment9 hours ago

Sea turtle choked to death on plastic waste

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Big Feast For Monkeys At Lopburi Festival

South10 hours ago

Buddhists and Muslims rally for peace together in South Thailand

Sponsored17 hours ago

What makes Tops Fine Food the ideal place to shop for premium food in Bangkok

Thailand10 hours ago

Cowardly rapist arrested for a fifth time in Isaan

Songkhla11 hours ago

Russian crewman’s hand cut off in Songkhla ship accident

Transport11 hours ago

Cat out of the bag – Stowaway found in JFK passenger’s luggage

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand11 hours ago

Murderer offers 100,000 baht to netizens to cut off his EM ankle bracelet

World Cup12 hours ago

Football fans riot in Brussels after Belgium defeat

Tourism12 hours ago

TAT holds Amazing Thailand Fest 2022 in India

Phuket12 hours ago

Gus, 7, youngest Thai person to reach Everest Base Camp

Expats12 hours ago

New direct flight between Muscat and Bangkok

Bangkok13 hours ago

Elderly Australian amputee abandoned in a hostel receiving care

Crime13 hours ago

Man arrested in South Thailand for attempted murder in Phuket

Thailand13 hours ago

Pattaya motorcycle taxi rider arrested for sexually harassing Thai singer

Cosmetic Surgery13 hours ago

Boobs ban! Macro-textured implants outlawed in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending