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Irish kiteboarder, 40, drowns at Hua Hin

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8 hours ago, terryofcrete said:

Many tourists ignore the warnings.... and may I ask a simple question... how in the name of whoever are the people who rent these kites or whatever allowed to do so if there is adverse weather ? Will they be prosecuted for irresponsible trading ? Not a chance of course. The dangers that are acceptable , with no need at all for them to be, scares me every time I visit... and I visit quite a lot. The children on motorbikes with no helmets standing , ready to be the first to be smashed to smithereens in an accident. It makes me want to scream at the authorities, sort the obvious before you create controversy with stupid laws about beach smoking ! 

It's all about the money, money.

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Tourists have been warned against playing water sports in the sea due to the dangerous conditions brought about by the northeastern monsoon and the approaching storm, Kai-Tak.

 

So when a rough sea warning is given why not make the "water sports" vendors STOP RENTING OUT EQUIPMENT TO ANYONE

Just an idea !

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12 hours ago, webfact said:

he had made a hand signal asking for help, so shop employees rushed to save him.

 

12 hours ago, webfact said:

After reaching Jonathan, the rescue team found that his leg was locked with a buoy used to designate the swimming area.

 

12 hours ago, webfact said:

when they finally brought Jonathan back to the shore and tried to revive him, he was already dead.

Best to Johnathan's family in his death.

No mention that Jonathon was dead when the rescue team reached him. But when he was brought back to shore he was already dead.  Seems there's some missing history in the described chain of events for his rescue.

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12 hours ago, Dukeleto said:

Shame poor bloke, simple tragic accident with apparently no one to blame.

Really?

From the OP.

 

13 hours ago, webfact said:

Jonathan rented a board to surf alone

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Tourists have been warned against playing watersports in the sea due to the dangerous conditions brought about by the northeastern monsoon and the approaching storm, Kai-Tak.

 

However, it was reported that many tourists ignored the warning and went kiteboarding at Hua Hin and Pranburi beaches, because the strong winds and waves are preferred by kiteboarders.

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

Tourists have been warned against playing water sports in the sea due to the dangerous conditions brought about by the northeastern monsoon and the approaching storm, Kai-Tak.

 

So when a rough sea warning is given why not make the "water sports" vendors STOP RENTING OUT EQUIPMENT TO ANYONE

Just an idea !

Thailand is not a nanny state. Safety is in the hands of the people themselves.

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13 hours ago, dotpoom said:

A tragic story. For some reason, I was today thinking about all the deaths that occured as a result of the Sumani.

   What really brought it home was when a survivor later wrote that it was the "site of the empty seats on the return flight home" that made it sink in what had just happened on theit holiday.

   RIP ...to all deceased.

Sumani ??? what the <deleted> ?

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I have a number of friends who are kite boarders. None of them went out yesterday, or the day before. They all know when the conditions are too risky. This guy must have been very good to even attempt those conditions. But, nonetheless he did not make it. 

 

I understand the idea of taking risks for excitement. But, there has to be a limit. Life is rather precious. Is it really worth it? Is the excitement that valuable? Is life without the excitement that comes from living on the edge really that dull for the risk takers? 

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12 hours ago, irishken said:

At least they blurred out the picture of his body this time. 

Look at the waves in the picture behind. 

It really doesn't look safe at all.

 

RIP. Hopefully his family found out from proper sources instead of the media

Yes, Tragic, But if tourists ignore warnings, why not ban shops from renting kiteboards, but of course they wont do that.

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And today Kite Surfing is being allowed again on the beach . Protecting people from their own vulnerability is not something flippant and is not nanny state. We do it over indoor smoking at work  , driving with seat belts, drinking excessive alcohol and then driving a big car , wearing helmets , zoos and family fun parks and not letting kids and babies be carried on motor bikes and so on. The western world and many other advanced nations here in the far east do it. It is Thailand that needs to change to protect its own citizens young and old as well as young and old farang visiting or staying here.  This is the 21st century not the 19th century

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14 minutes ago, peter48 said:

And today Kite Surfing is being allowed again on the beach . Protecting people from their own vulnerability is not something flippant and is not nanny state. We do it over indoor smoking at work  , driving with seat belts, drinking excessive alcohol and then driving a big car , wearing helmets , zoos and family fun parks and not letting kids and babies be carried on motor bikes and so on. The western world and many other advanced nations here in the far east do it. It is Thailand that needs to change to protect its own citizens young and old as well as young and old farang visiting or staying here.  This is the 21st century not the 19th century

lol

that's exactly the definition of nanny state, at least as far as bans for all are meant to protect a few, such as with safety belts and helmets.

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