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All quiet on Patong tourist jet-ski accident negotiations

PHUKET: Two days after a jet-ski ridden by a tourist slammed into rocks at Kalim, north of Patong Beach, the Patong Police, Tourist Police and even the head of the Patong jet-ski operators today (Nov 11) all said they had not received any reports of the incident but were now investigating what happened.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 11 November 2016, 03:11PM

No authorities were informed of the accident north of Patong, which may cost the tourist hundreds of thousands of baht to pay for damage to the jet-ski. Photo: Supplied
No authorities were informed of the accident north of Patong, which may cost the tourist hundreds of thousands of baht to pay for damage to the jet-ski. Photo: Supplied

Somprasong Seangchart, the chief lifeguard at Patong Beach, however, was aware of the incident.

“There were two jet-skis driven by tourists. They lost control in strong waves and jumped off the jet-skis before the jet-skis hit the rocks,” he told The Phuket News.

“One jet-ski was turned upside down and water got into the motor. The other jet-ski looked like it had much more damage, and the body of the jet-ski looked broken.”

Nucha Petchvimon, President of the Patong Jet Ski Club, said he was unaware of the accident, but added that was “not unusual”.

“I don’t know about any jet-ski accident at Kalim. Usually, the tourist and the jet-ski figure it out by themselves with Patong Police,” he said.

Yet, Maj Teerasak Boonseng, who was the Patong Police duty officer on Wednesday, today confirmed that he had not received any reports of the accident.

Likewise, Phuket Tourist Police Chief Lt Col Nareuwat Phutwiro also said he knew nothing of the accident.

“I am supposed to be informed of any incidents regarding tourists’ safety. We will certainly follow this up now,” he told The Phuket News.

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Patong jet-ski boss Nucha pointed out that the tourist who was riding the heavily damaged jet-ski might be facing a bill of up to B500,000.

“Honestly, a jet-ski costs B400,000 to B500,000,” he said.

“We have set our own standard fees to charge for damages to jet-skis,” he added.

“If the damage is only small, the insurance will cover it, but the insurance covers only up B50,000. If the damage is more than that, the driver must pay for it,” Mr Nucha explained.

“The driver will also have to pay B3,000 per day for loss of earnings, up to a maximum of B15,000,” he said.

Col Nareuwat of the Phuket Tourist Police urged any persons who find themselves having to pay for damages to rented jet-skis in Phuket to notify the Tourist Police.

“Usually, such tourists have to pay at least B10,000 before they will be allowed to return to their home countries,” he said.

A jet-ski rental company at Bang Tao was ordered to shut down last year by the then-Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong after employees demanded a Chinese tourist pay exorbitant repair fees totalling B200,000 following a collision between two of the craft when the tourist rented them out with family members. (See story here).



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malczx7r | 13 November 2016 - 15:03:47

Anybody notice how comments weren't allowed on this story?

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Ed Sanders | 12 November 2016 - 17:59:22

Thanks for that brilliant insight JoeSwerve.  The reason that only 10% is covered is because that is the minimum the the jetski criminals can get, or want. Due to the extreme risk (as you acknowledge) the Marine Office should mandate that jetski thugs carry 100% replacement costs, and any increased rates should be folded into the cost to rent one of these obnoxious pieces of crap.  But just watch...nothing will come from the new governor or the Marine Office... because corruption rules the roost here in Phuket... just watch.

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Kurt | 12 November 2016 - 17:18:48

Again a dumb reaction of Swerv:
Why are insurance companies only insuring 10% ?
Because of the big risk?
And why is there that big risk?
Simply because the jet ski operators are not obeying the thai law that anyone who rents a jet ski must have a thai boat driving certificate.
So, insurance companies don't want to deal with that mafia practice for more than 10%. THAT IS THE REASON.

Same as buying a car without a driving license, than the thai insurance company also not insure 100%, guess nothing at all.
It sounds dumb of Swerv that he deviate/by pass from the real issue.
There are thai government insurance regulations/laws.

Unlawful renting out jet ski will be not rewarded by 100% insurance. Right?
The 10% shows that renting out is not according the thai laws.
That is no rocket science, Swerv.  
You again blinded by obsession to 'tackle' me here.
Wake up, see the real thing.

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swerv | 12 November 2016 - 14:20:28

Kurt: The reason the jet ski's are only insured to 10% of their replacement  value is because that is what is determined by the insurance company as they are a big risk. Not exactly rocket science...or possibly in your case.

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Kurt | 12 November 2016 - 10:18:58

Samantha, I agree with you.
However to have only a 10% of the jet ski insured is laughable.
Any one insures his car for just 10%? And the car driver has a driving license ( normally).
However the jet ski operators violate day in day out the thai law that one must have a Boat drivers Certificate.
Sure tourist not have that.
Where are the Phuket Authorities to do their job they are sworn in for, and enforce the law?
Years in years out we now see a Phuket Authority inflation because Authorities not do their jobs.
The jet ski mafia did fill up that 'Authority gap'. Quite simple.

Quote Patong jet ski boss:.." we did set our own standard fees to charge for damages to jet skis"....

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samantha | 12 November 2016 - 08:36:19

You do the damage, you pay but it must be made clear upfront that Insurance only covers up to 50,000 baht. and jet skis cost over 500,000 baht to replace. 

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simon01 | 11 November 2016 - 20:01:19

Its  very simple if people stop using the jet ski then these pirates will have no trade. Everyone knows they are are there to con and rob tourists. If people stop taking the risk they cant be conned. Every hotel / guest house should have a sign to warm people not to use them along with a sign to say do not wim when red flags are out. The jet skis are there to con money and are dangerous as they are as badly maintained so they can claim the tourist break them to get money from them. If no one will remove them then the public must be warned not to use them. 

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Kurt | 11 November 2016 - 18:46:52

Asterix, you are vry right.
However, it is the other way around.
Governor and Tourist police turn a blind eye to jet ski mafia.
I only can think about 1 reason. It brings in money in their private money coffer.
Simple called,... corruption.
History of more than 10 years prove that.
See, how the jet ski mafia take over Kata beach.
Kata beach Mayor still has to face a court case about his 'dis functioning'. But so far no court case.
If you see slow driving trucks, perhaps they carry coffers with money.

Nasa123, of course you are right too!
But you too know why things not change for the better.

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Nasa123 | 11 November 2016 - 18:42:02

Come on now Mr Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan then show every  at you have some balls to kick out this Jet Ski mafia from Phuket enough is enough now. Then a now you get BIG respect from all Farang and Thai people to, all the another Governor`s have to small balls or Corrupt some thing are very wrong in Phuket about this Jet Ski mafia ho take care off this very bad people in Phuket government ?.

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Bigaresort | 11 November 2016 - 18:23:27

He guys if you want to change stop talking Bla Bla and take it in your own hands,thats the only way!!Gots guts to do that? if not shut up and go back behind your computers and SHUT up,period!!! Horst

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