I love the way these ass-wipes are referred to as 'captains'. From experience and holding a commercial licence for years, you earn the title after years on the water and tests to prove your ability including radio and navigation. You don't get it by wearing a T Shirt or buying a licence. Also from observation you can see these clowns have no idea about handling anything in water other than a toy duck whilst holding onto their ...
92 replies to this topic
Posted 2013-04-22 16:59:03
What a horrendous way to end a vacation. Korean guys save money - to go to beautiful Thailand. He sees the perfect photos in the airbrushed/photoshopped brochures. Then almost loses his life while painfully losing a leg or two. Yikes. And to top it off, he will find out very soon that there's nearly no money compensation - which cements the reputation of Thailand as a 3rd world country.
I think it's possible to slink away. All attention is focused on the injured at the scene, plus looking around for any fatalities, and worrying about sharks and whatever else. The drivers could just slink away like cockroaches in an oil slick.
If you bang on a driver's door (and I respect you for that), you can get strongly rebuked and/or get a fist or a knife shaken in your face. Embarrassing a Thai is more severe (in their view) than any sort of physical injury which may ensue.
Edited by maidu, 2013-04-22 17:04:50.
Posted 2013-04-22 18:05:22
Culpability isn't high on the agenda here, evident in these clips 5 years apart involving the very same boat elsewhere in the Gulf of Thailand.
Edited by evadgib, 2013-04-22 18:32:51.
Posted 2013-04-22 20:28:20
Having dealt with Korean people for many years, i wonder how and what impact this will have back in Korea,, it will be major new headlines there, and will it impact on tourism, most tourism from Korea is by groups so will it have an impact i wonder, time will tell. If they are not happy they will stop going there, that's for sure.
Posted 2013-04-23 06:52:14
Posted 2013-04-23 08:02:05
These guys drive like maniacs. I've been to Koh Larn several times and was shocked at how badly they drive. And confused as to why the Thai authorities don't do anything about it. Especially considering all the accidents that have already happened.
We were at a small bay accessible only by boat a few months ago. These guys were so crazy we couldn't swim very far from shore. Rushing in very fast and racing each other. Cutting in and out of parked boats. Just crazy.
When a boat starts up, the bow rises quite high in the water so the drivers can't see in front of them.
I hope the injured Koreans recover quickly.
Posted 2013-04-23 11:32:08
Government Minister confronted over Korean Speedboat crash at Pattaya Island
Posted 2013-04-23 11:46:12
There is no difference between the clod driving the boat, the clod driving the taxi, the clod driving the bus and the clod driving his truck at 100+ km/hour on a country road. No matter what type of vehicle you choose to ride in, you are puting your life into the hands of a Thai driver. Best wishes and good luck!
Posted 2013-04-23 11:58:51
"Both speedboat drivers are still on-the-run as detailed examinations of both speedboats are taking place to determine what really happened."
Obviously, the police/government cannot believe that a Thai national is stupid enough to drive into an anchored speedboat. LOL!
Posted 2013-04-23 12:09:43
They drive boats the same way they drive motorbikes - they think they are invincible - splat
I also suspect the boats are owned and run by the same mafia thugs that run the jetski's on the beach
Posted 2013-04-23 12:19:18
Once again - to the chagrin of TAT - real culture collides with ideal culture.
Sympathies to the victims.
Posted 2013-04-23 15:30:37
Boat Crew involved in Korean speedboat crash hand themselves into Pattaya Police
Posted 2013-04-23 17:11:11
A collision of two moving boats makes a lot more sense than hitting a stationary boat. But I don't think you'll hear much truth from either crew. What do the Koreans say happened?
Posted 2013-04-23 17:21:44
I don't think I have ever heard "it was my error and I accept the responsibility" since I arrived in Thailand in 1989.
Posted 2013-04-23 23:42:03
The tides an be really tricky off the west shore. It might not be like it seems.
Posted 2013-04-23 23:43:44
Neither have I, but it is a rather a archaic statement that one is not likely to hear.
Posted 2013-04-26 19:40:28
Not to defend all Thais but I haven't seen many foreigners claiming responsibility for their actions either. I haven't seen anyone doing that actually for a long time even in news items about government officials or bankers you never see them take responsibility. In most cases they will say there are mitigating circumstances ect. ect.
So us whiteys are not as perfect either.
Posted 2013-04-26 20:08:00
This is big business.
Look at one fuel drop, this happens each morning at several points down beach Rd.
Yes they do have PPE for the punters, but not sure if they would pass western standards.
Just a few punters.
More lambs being led to the scrum.
Sponsored by ...