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Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« on: July 21, 2018, 01:00:14 PM »

The sinking of the 'Phoenix' - a picture in this link. Both boats left in the face of severe weather warnings . . . .

''My condolences to the families of the 47 Chinese holidaymakers who were killed when the diving boat they were on sank in the waters off Phuket in a fierce storm on July 5. It's a massive loss. The tragedy has hit the island's tourism sector hard, but it is only the latest in a long list of problems there. We have heard of tourist scams, wildlife exploitation, forest encroachment, human trafficking and more. All of these are byproducts of rampant tourism. In the latest incident, two boats capsized. The other was carrying 35 tourists and seven crew, but all survived without injury. In contrast, nearly half of those aboard the Phoenix did not make it out alive''.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1506030/phuket-must-face-demons-or-end-is-nigh?

Still more woe for Phuket ! This time a crocodile swimming near the beach -  :o

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1506318/crocodile-seen-swimming-near-phuket-beach?utm_source=enewsletter_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=news
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Re: Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 01:03:12 AM »

Both boats left in the face of severe weather warnings . . . .

And in the USA, two WW2 'duck' boats set out despite weather warnings of storms in the area. Seventeen people die. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/20/missouri-mass-casualty-incident-after-tourist-boat-capsizes-on-table-lake

Speaking recently to a long-time member of the Peel RNLI crew, even after many years of rescues he continues to befuddled by the risks people take near water: simple things like ensuring kids have life jackets on before they onto to the water. I can imagine that a passenger roster made up of Chinese tourists, probably unfamiliar with the sea, would not think that the boat crew would do anything to put them in harm's way and would have their health and safety as the utmost priority.

Which puts the events in Missouri in context. A lax attitude and focus on 'bums-on-seats' profit has cost many lives. And it is likely Trump will try to erode corporate liability in the future.

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Re: Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2018, 06:19:34 AM »

I wonder if they'll be making a movie about these events ? Apparently tourist businesses financed by Chinese business but fronted by Thais, may be to blame  ;)

Safety standards and regulation of Ferry services in Thailand needs looking at.
R.I.P. 49 poor souls  >:(

It is of major concern that Chinese tourism to Phuket region has been affected.
 
''in the wake of the fatal accident, at least six Chinese carriers -- Spring Airlines, China Eastern, Xiamen Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Sichuan and China Southern -- have stopped providing services...''

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/1512030/an-accident-waiting-to-happen?utm_source=enewsletter_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=news
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Re: Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 08:12:55 AM »

Concern is expressed that China tourist numbers were 'virtually flat' after the drowning of 47 unfortunate Folks and two ferries sinking.

I have yet to see much expression of regret or corrective action following the probably criminal neglect that led to this tragedy . . . . .

''Many Chinese have expressed doubt over safety in the Thai tourism industry, while criticism of senior Thai officials who pegged the blame on Chinese businessmen has resonated on social media.''

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism-and-transport/1513446/boat-fiasco-takes-toll-on-july-growth?
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Re: Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 09:37:59 AM »

Concern as the number of Chinese tourists falls.

Still 'yet to see much expression of regret or corrective action' after 47 poor souls drowned . . .

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism-and-transport/1518702/chinese-tourists-love-of-thailand-rocked-by-phuket-boat-tragedy?
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Re: Thailand's ferries and safety ?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 01:39:42 PM »

Why they have dedicated lanes for them now. don't worry about us other farangs
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