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Swiss family's Koh Tao escape from near death - thanks to life jackets

 

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Four members of a Swiss family who got thrown in the high seas around Koh Tao nearly became more victims of the island's dubious reputation.

Thai Rath said they had a very close call with death but it emerged the reason they survived was something called life jackets.

And with a little help from their long tail boat driver the husband and wife and their two children made it back to Koh Tao unscathed.

Driver Uthai Seng-sae, 50, said that it was all quiet when he set off to take the family to Koh Nang Yuan.

But as they approached Koh Tao on their return leg a big swell overturned the boat throwing everyone into the water.

The family were wearing life jackets and when the swell died down they were able to save themselves by swimming to shore.

A rescue team on the scene found the family and boat driver already safe.

Later the boat was also recovered.

Source: https://www.thairath.co.th/content/1016855

 
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darksidedog    11,159
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Shame. I would have loved to have seen the Thai cops investigate a crime scene on water! They are totally incapable, especially on this Island, of finding anything remotely suspicious on land, that could identify the real perpetrators, so watching them rope off a scene over water, as a snorkeling safari trolls through, would have been hysterical.

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Briggsy    10,602

Inability to drive to conditions (full speed ahead "captain" in all weathers! Gun that throttle!) caused the boat to capsize and subsequently sink.

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TheLobster    700

Was this Swiss efficiency in that they brought their own life jackets or were they provided with life jackets by the long tail boat owner?

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samuijimmy    27,698
8 hours ago, TheLobster said:

Was this Swiss efficiency in that they brought their own life jackets or were they provided with life jackets by the long tail boat owner?

 

All tour boat users are given life jackets... some use them some don't... But usually enforced during rough weather, which there has been a fair bit (wind) lately ....

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hobobo    716
12 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Shame. I would have loved to have seen the Thai cops investigate a crime scene on water! They are totally incapable, especially on this Island, of finding anything remotely suspicious on land, that could identify the real perpetrators, so watching them rope off a scene over water, as a snorkeling safari trolls through, would have been hysterical.

They could also suggest that the Swiss family planned the mass suicide but couldn't get their life jackets off in time!

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aussie11950    140

Good story.

Probably the Swiss family knew already that wearing life jackets is a necessary practice.

nice happy ending.

 

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dfdgfdfdgs    39

Hitting the waves head on with a bit of speed is better than going slowly through them, so if anything it's better to 'gun the throttle'.

 

Lots of tourists don't realise this and complain about bad driving on speedboats and other types of boats in tourists areas, but actually the boat driver is driving to the conditions.  If you drive slowly the waves take you and push you sideways, then the next wave tips you over.  If you drive faster you have control of the boat.

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just.a.thought    208
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What kind of captains license is required for passenger transport here in Thailand. Are the authorities evere going to enforce the laws regarding training of crew and vessel safety.

Accidents will continue to happen on a regular basis as long as any nit wit can build a boat and then operate hi own passenger service.

Most of the long tail boat, but especially the speedboats, should never have been allowed on the water. Poor construction and overpowered, sailed by people with no real clue,recipe for disaster.

 

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Beats56    504

Accualy the life jacket was invented by Canadians. Said that to all them people that said Canada didn't help.the world. It's only one of the many  contrabutions they made. Sorry for the spelling mistakes. ..Damm auto correct. .

 

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smedly    14,969
2 hours ago, just.a.thought said:

What kind of captains license is required for passenger transport here in Thailand. Are the authorities evere going to enforce the laws regarding training of crew and vessel safety.

Accidents will continue to happen on a regular basis as long as any nit wit can build a boat and then operate hi own passenger service.

Most of the long tail boat, but especially the speedboats, should never have been allowed on the water. Poor construction and overpowered, sailed by people with no real clue,recipe for disaster.

 

money number one, not even sure if safety even makes the list, as for the authorities and safety standards they either don't exist or are not enforced or both, just like everything else in Thailand, it ultimately comes down to my first three words above no matter what it involves.

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sawadee1947    852
4 minutes ago, JSixpack said:

by a sudden unanticipated high wave

that is not right. This wave - if there was any - did not come out of the blue. In rain season however you have to be careful and as an experienced sailor you know when you sail or stay safe. And exactly this the owner did not. So he risked the life of his customers who trusted him.

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