Public invited to join search and rescue drill, exhibition

PHUKET: The general public is invited to watch as rescue boats and aircraft are deployed for a two-day Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) drill and exhibition at the Ao Makham deep sea port starting tomorrow.

“The drill will run from 9am to 4pm both days,” confirmed Vice Admiral Sayan Prasongsamrej, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command. “There will be many interesting activities, such as an exhibition of old equipment, as well as air and maritime drill shows.”

“The public will also obtain useful information on how to manage themselves and others in an emergency situation,” Vice Admiral Sayan added.

By holding the event, the Department of Civil Aviation aims to strengthen the abilities of rescue teams throughout Thailand.

“With SAREX, rescue teams will get a chance to practice their skills so that they can effectively use their training when a real incident occurs. It also gives the teams a chance to test rescue equipment and communication systems,” V/Adm Sayan said.

All are encouraged to attend and learn about current rescue equipment and procedures.

“As Thailand is a member of the International Aviation Organization [ICAO] and the International Maritime Organization [IMO], holding the SAREX will ensure that these two international organizations, as well as airline and maritime businesses, have greater confidence in Thailand,” V/Adm Sayan said.

“This will also show that Thailand regularly follows the ICAO convention, and International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.”

Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong voiced strong support for SAREX.

“Phuket is a maritime tourist destination with visitors coming by air and sea. SAREX is a good way to boost confidence in our abilities among foreigners throughout the world, and with our own citizens,” Governor Nisit said.

— Kongleaphy Keam

Phuket News

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