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The problems with Phuket’s lifeguarding, in plain sight

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PHOTO: Patong Surf Lifesaving Club

A personal view from a veteran ocean lifeguard

After viewing the news and photos today of yet another body retrieval from Phuket’s ocean waters, this latest is unfortunately one in a long-line of such grisly episodes, for as many years as I can remember.

And as Kee Lighting and Engineering Company, apparently the contract provider for lifeguards in Patong (and other beaches? who knows? there is no transparency) place their logo on these photos and videos, and then makes them public, they are unaware they are documenting their own ineptitude to the greater lifesaving community.

As hard as it is to do, it’s the responsibility of those in my position to review available photos and videos, mainly in an attempt to understand exactly what occurred.

The unwanted byproduct is detectable to those properly trained and seasoned in professional lifesaving.

What stands out in these photos is not what they contain, but what is not seen. There are no swimmers actually in the water looking for the victim. These waters are plenty calm, and any properly trained team would have swimmers in the water looking.

I have swum these, and most of Phuket’s west coast waters over the years, just to see what marine life and topography could be observed from the water. What also stands out, is that no expense seems to be spared after the fact to find the body, so that families and friends of the loved one can “find peace”.

How much more peaceful would these people feel, if their loved one had actually been rescued by lifeguards instead, and never died in the first place?

Swimmers in the water (conditions permitting), as soon as possible after a missing person report is received, are the accepted minimum global standard. The absolute and ongoing unwillingness of the authorities to acknowledge the true scope of the lifeguard problem in Phuket, let alone address it, is beyond any definition of decency in a civilised society.

The harm to Phuket’s tourism from this and many other recent events is real and ongoing. Pretending the problem doesn’t exist is sure to make an already dire situation, even worse.

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    Charlie

    September 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    they have lifeguards? when did that happen?

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Vietnam Airlines opening direct Phuket to Ho Chi Minh City flights

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by Bill Barnett c9hotelworks.com

Vietnam Airlines will commence direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Phuket on October 27.

Flights will operate three days a week, on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline is also launching direct Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar (Bali) service.

Vietjet Air, the popular new low-coast airline out of Vietnam, is currently servicing the increasingly popular route.

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Phuket social enterprise shop takes the first steps

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PHOTOS: stepswiththeera.com

A Bangkok-based social enterprise has made its debut in Phuket as it opened a new zero-waste shop, cafe and vocational training centre in Cherng Talay.

The shop is run by Steps With Theera and provides a range of plastic substitutes including bamboo straw sets, bamboo toothbrushes and SuperBee wax wraps, alongside a refill station with beauty products from HUG and cleaning products from Conscious Living and Pungungreen.

Steps with Theera runs vocational training centres for young people and adults with learning differences. Alongside the training centres, it runs businesses for trainees to get hands-on work experience.

“We’re very excited to announce that Steps with Theera is expanding! We’ve now made our way down to Phuket. I’m Stacey, and I have been lucky enough to join the team and head up the Phuket branch. I am very excited to be a part of this great new adventure.”

Max Simpson, one of the Steps founders, the shop will give trainees the chance to learn some key skills, stock taking and running workshops.

“Our mission is about providing opportunities for people with learning differences to demonstrate their capabilities, and how they can add value to all types of workplace. Zero-waste seemed the natural choice for us, since we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and have pledged to go plastic-free in all our cafes by the end of October 2019.“

The shop opened to the public back on September 9. The vocational centre is already running and taking on trainees, with the cafe due to open later this year.

“Our zero waste shop will be open from early September so please do come by. We are collecting secondhand furniture and workman’s tools that need a second chance at life so that we can complete the set-up of the zero waste shop – donations are welcome!”

SOURCE: stepswiththeera.com | The Nation

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6 year old Burmese boy dies from bike-pickup truck crash

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SOURCE: khaosod.co.th

A 6 year old Burmese boy has died following a motorcycle accident when his parents crashed the vehicle onto a pick-up truck earlier this week. He died in the intensive care ward at Vachira Hospital yesterday morning (Thursday)

The accident occurred on September 15 near Soi Pramote, Chaofa West Road, Chalong. The boy’s father, 39 year old Thein Zaw, ended up with a head injury and his left leg was damaged. His mother, 39 year old Poehnin Phyu, suffered severe neck and head injuries and so did the boy. He was rushed to hospital in a coma but his mother was announced dead at the scene.

The father and son were rushed to Vachira Hospital in Samkong where the boy and his father received intensive treatment but the 6 year old succumbed to his injuries.

Witnesses told the police that they saw a Toyota Hilux Vigo pickup truck with Phang Nga number plates, driven by 39 year old Adit Pusuwan, heading from Phuket town towards Chalong circle. They told police they heard the loud noise of the pickup truck increasing speed before stopping at a 7-11 in front of Soi Pramote.

The driver was seen sitting in the car revving the engine with a loud noise. He headed into 7-11 before getting back in and then drove the car to the next U-turn and turned quickly. The motorcycle of the Burmese family was driving in the opposite lane and slammed into the side of the pickup truck.

After the accident, Adit waited for the police to arrive before being taken to police station for further questioning.

SOURCE: khaosod.co.th

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