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Jet-ski, parasail operators fined B10k per vessel at Surin Beach

Jet-ski, parasail operators fined B10k per vessel at Surin Beach

PHUKET: A jet-ski operator and a parasail operator have each been fined B10,000 per vessel for operating at Surin Beach, in Cherng Talay, which officials have declared a “White Beach”, to be free from all private vendors offering such services.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 28 January 2023, 06:47PM

Phuket Marine Chief Natchaphong Pranit reported that a team of officers led by Tanthai Wongsaree, a Marine Department inspector from the Ranong regional office, arrived at the beach at 3pm yesterday (Jan 27).

The officers were dispatched after the Phuket Marine Office received a complaint pointing out that jet-skis were available for rent at the beach, and a boat operator was providing parasail rides to tourists.

Surin Beach is supposed to be free from such services, as it had been declared a ‘White Beach’ years ago, the complaint said, Mr Natchapong explained.

Just as the complainant had described, the officers found at the beach an operator with five jet-skis for rent.

All five jet-skis had been legally registered. However, they were being operated outside their designated area.

The operator is permitted to rent out jet-skis at nearby Bang Tao Beach only, and only within one nautical mile of the beach in calm sea conditions, Mr Natchapong said in his report.

The operator was deemed to have violated Section 9 of the Navigation in Thai Waters Act, and fined B10,000 per jet-ski, landing the operator with a B50,000 fine, he added.

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Similarly, the team of officers also found a boat operator providing parasail rides at Surin Beach, Mr Natchapong said.

The operator is permitted to provide parasail rides at only Kamala Beach, and only within half a nautical mile from the beach and only in calm sea conditions, he added.

The operator was fined B10,000 for breach of Section 9 of the Navigation in Thai Waters Act, Mr Natchapong explained.

The fines issued were the maximum allowed under the Navigation in Thai Waters Act, Mr Natchapong confirmed.

“Such boats are not allowed to serve in the Surin Beach area. They must be used in accordance with zones specified in the vessel license and in the areas designated by the Phuket Provincial Government,” he said.

“Regarding this issue, the Phuket Marine Office will work with the Thalang District Office, the Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) and other relevant agencies, as well as the Jet Ski Boat Club operating at Bang Tao Beach to make sure Surin Beach remains a ‘White Beach’, without jet-skis, parasail boats, banana boats and similar water activities.

“Tourists and the general public are free to use Surin Beach and its public areas safely, and the beach will continue to be kept orderly,” Mr Natchapong said.

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vegasbaby | 30 January 2023 - 20:23:55

A clever government would sanction a "jet ski park" and move all the operators to that area.  Perhaps right where the pipes dump raw sewage into the sea to stir up the sediment.

Capricornball | 29 January 2023 - 18:01:22

@Oldguy, the Surin you're referring to was utterly out of control with illegal structures, nearly all of which were European run. The beach was covered in plastic chairs, and you could hardly go to the beach without having to pay someone for everything. Go there today and see, the "thousands" of incomes were not lost, it is once again bursting at the seams with illegal business.

Capricornball | 29 January 2023 - 17:55:49

It's about time! I hope they didn't forget about all the signs for "Boat to Laem Singh" which happily shuttles people to the neighboring cove to partake in what has been declared "illegal business" for years.  I also saw no less than 5 jetskis at Pansea Beach on the other side of Surin. At the end of the day, they all scurry back to their rats nest at BangTao.

kiwiian | 29 January 2023 - 14:41:57

Patong, Kamala and Bang Tao all have plenty of water-fun activities to offer so I think it's good if one beach in the area is kept peaceful. 

Fascinated | 29 January 2023 - 11:10:06

What a miserable critical life you must lead John- never a positive word about anything.

JohnC | 29 January 2023 - 09:12:19

Both should be banned at all beaches. Dangerous to bathers in the water and people relaxing on the beach when out of nowhere somebody parasailing gets dropped almost on top of you because they have no control of where they bring them down.

JohnC | 29 January 2023 - 09:09:34

@Oldguy.  'During' used to be a thriving entertainment area? Where's that then?

Old guy | 28 January 2023 - 19:33:09

Not a supporter of these huge scam business', but Surin used to be a thriving little entertainment area. Then someone decided to make it White and hurt thousands of incomes.


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