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Para-troopers to train Phuket parasailing operators

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Phuket — Paratroopers will be invited to train parasailing operators in an effort to step up safety measures after an Australian tourist plunged to his death while flying on a parasailing chute into the sea at Kata Beach on July 12.

 

Governor Norapat Plodthong called a meeting of agencies and officials concerned on Friday in the wake of the incident that killed Roger John Hussey, 71.

 

It was agreed at the meeting that paratroopers will be invited to train all 52 operators of parasailing services in the island province.  The operators will be advised to set up a club or group in the form of a community enterprise so that they can be properly regulated regarding the launches of parasailing chutes, safety measures and deployments of lifeguards to ensure maximum security.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/para-troopers-train-phuket-parasailing-operators/

 

 
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LivinginKata    7,202

Only in Thailand .. sigh sigh.  What about some sort of license to operate ... insurance that I doubt any company will offer at a price acceptable to the beach guys.

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Psimbo    1,418

Jeez- you can't make this stuff up!

 

Instead of banning it we'll encourage it- pathetic.

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Morch    6,347

I used to know a Thai "parasailing operator" who was an ex-paratrooper, more correctly an instructor. From what I gathered, he wasn't the only one. Seemed to know his stuff. How much of this was applied in his civilian life, I have no idea. It was off season and weather conditions were bad, so didn't try.

 

Seems doubtful this move will accompanied by a halt on parasailing activities while instruction is going on. And sounds like it applies to Phuket operators only. Sounds like another PR campaign more than addressing issues.

 

On another note, if authorities support this move is puts the operators arrested at a disadvantage with regard to accusations, kinda shoots down their claims that it wasn't a safety issue.

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Morch    6,347
42 minutes ago, Psimbo said:

Jeez- you can't make this stuff up!

 

Instead of banning it we'll encourage it- pathetic.

 

Banning it is just another routine cop out.

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ChrisY1    7,614

One would hope that military paratroopers would have some inkling of proficiency....which is most likely a whole lot better than what has been available......but of course, there's the ever present pay-offs to gain  the unknown standard....

The next stage would be an international proficiency test.......lets hope that things improve for the better.

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Morch    6,347
1 hour ago, clockman said:

What ever happened to the people who caused the deaths of those student military? Sub standard equipment, if I remember right?

 

If I remember correctly, those were police cadets. Not sure their training had something to do with the army.

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Dogmatix    3,471

Another transparent publicity stunt to make it look as if something is being done to improve safety for tourists with the real emphasis being on keeping the tourist dollars rolling in and protecting the income of the people who receive income from bribes from parasailing and, bungy jumping, jet ski scams and other dangerous tourist activites without having to  increase the scamsters' qualifications or cost.

 

Since Thailand has neither the ability nor the will to operate these activities safely, the best way to protect the tourist dollars would actually be to ban all of these activities completely.  Getting rid of the noise and menace of jet skis would also be a huge benefit to the vast majority of foreign tourists who only want to lie on the beach and soak up the cancer inducing rays.          

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gwynt    80
16 hours ago, petermik said:

"paratroopers will be INVITED to train parasailing operators" means absolutely nothing just another smoke and mirrors issue so as not to affect the income being made at the expense of gullible tourists :whistling:

Will that ne the BIB paratroopers??

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DrDave    789
15 minutes ago, Dogmatix said:

Another transparent publicity stunt to make it look as if something is being done to improve safety for tourists with the real emphasis being on keeping the tourist dollars rolling in and protecting the income of the people who receive income from bribes from parasailing and, bungy jumping, jet ski scams and other dangerous tourist activites without having to  increase the scamsters' qualifications or cost.

 

Since Thailand has neither the ability nor the will to operate these activities safely, the best way to protect the tourist dollars would actually be to ban all of these activities completely.  Getting rid of the noise and menace of jet skis would also be a huge benefit to the vast majority of foreign tourists who only want to lie on the beach and soak up the cancer inducing rays.          

Absolutely correct on all points!

 

The only problem is that banning these unsafe operations would have a negative impact on the wallets of  individuals with offices in the tessabaan and police station as well as their masters, and we can't have that, can we?

 

One of the fundamental problems that Phuket faces is that decision-makers can't seem to look past their own interests when it comes to matters concerning public safety and ensuring the long-term viability of a profitable tourism industry for all stakeholders.

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