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Contract Expired: No More Lifeguards At Phuket Beaches

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Phuket beaches left unguarded

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Tourists on Phuket beaches now have no lifeguards to protect them.

Photo: Pimwara Choksakulpan

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Lifeguard Club's contract to protect the island’s beaches expired on Friday, leaving tourists to swim unprotected in seas that claimed many lives last year.

On Saturday, staff removed their equipment from the beaches.

The 9.9-million-baht contract to guard the beaches is put out on an annual tender, which critics claim is too short a period of time.

As yet it is unclear whether Phuket Lifeguard Club will bid for the tender to provide the service again this year.

From April 26 last year, the club says it saved 1,064 foreigners and 285 Thais from drowning on the 13 beaches it patrols.

It was unable to prevent 13 deaths: two in Surin, one in Kata, one in Nai Thon and nine in Karon, Phuket’s most dangerous beach.

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-- Phuket Gazette 2011-02-28

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Premier beach tourist destination - what a joke. How difficult is it to place contracts out to tender and award in time for the previous contract to end. TIT at it's best.

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There are lifeguards at Phuket beaches?

I surf Kata, Kata Noi and Naiharn every season but don't recall ever seeing a life guard at any of these beaches...

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It has been told that from now on the tuk-tuk clan will take care of the safety along the beaches as many of them have however nothing to do the whole day long... No need for tendering: service free!

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This may actually make the beaches safer by removing the false sense of security these underqualified poseurs enabled. Witness the numerous reports from recent years of Phuket "lifeguards" refusing to go out because conditions were "too rough". Like most things in Thailand, a case of appearance over substance to trick the unwary.

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There are lifeguards at Phuket beaches?

I surf Kata, Kata Noi and Naiharn every season but don't recall ever seeing a life guard at any of these beaches...

I walk along Kata beach most morning and I have noticed quite a few young guys with yellow shirts with lifeguard written in red on back carrying these float things. Also 2 rubber boats/ with outboards by the lifeguard tower.

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from observation at new years....fox guarding the chickens came to mind...no binoculars..towers un-mannned, no lifesaving gear no rope drums /belts/ RIBS/surf skis/jet skis/radios....a la Aussie beaches..jet ski rental cowboys out of control in swimming areas...better off without 'em methinks

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from observation at new years....fox guarding the chickens came to mind...no binoculars..towers un-mannned, no lifesaving gear no rope drums /belts/ RIBS/surf skis/jet skis/radios....a la Aussie beaches..jet ski rental cowboys out of control in swimming areas...better off without 'em methinks

They did have RIBS, rope drums, radios, floats at Kata Beach, and just today I noticed that there were bouyed off areas for swimmers at Kata Beach. I thought that this past high season had the best equipped lifeguards I had even seen. Although I have no idea how well trained ...

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excuse me, but do they pay those ripp off jetski runners a lump sum to so called-ly protect the swimmers? as i remember not seeing one of them last time overthere

commen sense and thailand, does not really rime a lot of times

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"leaving tourists to swim unprotected in seas that claimed many lives last year.."

with all the alleged deaths last year no wonder they have had the boot!

This may actually make the beaches safer by removing the false sense of security these underqualified poseurs enabled. Witness the numerous reports from recent years of Phuket "lifeguards" refusing to go out because conditions were "too rough". Like most things in Thailand, a case of appearance over substance to trick the unwary.

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Premier beach tourist destination - what a joke. How difficult is it to place contracts out to tender and award in time for the previous contract to end. TIT at it's best.

Not to mention that many surf life guards in many western countries provide their services on a voluntary basis. And they would be a thousand times more competent than these goons.

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There are lifeguards at Phuket beaches?

I surf Kata, Kata Noi and Naiharn every season but don't recall ever seeing a life guard at any of these beaches...

I have seen them on Patong Beach, in the watch towers, usually asleep.

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Typically THAILAND, show the tourists what you really think about their safety. They just give a fkcu....

May be they should bring up something like an arrival fee on the airport for safety, Obviously Phuket doesnt make enough Tax out of the tourism, or mostly the tax disapears in somebodys pockets for building useless bus stations without busses or jettys without boats.

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