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Patong Beach operators to curb infant parasail rides

PHUKET: Parasail operators will meet with Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup on Tuesday to formalise a self-imposed rule to no longer allow young children on parasail rides at the popular tourist beach.

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Friday 18 August 2017, 05:58PM

The news broke after a Chinese tourist took his infant daughter screaming into the air on a parasail ride at Patong Beach on Wednesday. Photo: David Carlyle via The Sun

The news broke after a Chinese tourist took his infant daughter screaming into the air on a parasail ride at Patong Beach on Wednesday. Photo: David Carlyle via The Sun

The news follows international headlines of a Chinese man taking his infant daughter on a screaming skyward ride at Patong Beach on Wednesday (Aug 16).

The incident was made public by tourist David Carlyle, who reported, “We watched as the toddler was clearly crying and in distress while these men were forcing the harness on her.

“Thirty seconds later she was being towed up and out with her father behind her along with a local, as they quickly ascended into the sky.

“They all had absolutely no concern about what they just did to that poor little girl,” he said. (See story here.)

Prajat Somnam, who as President of Patong Parasail Club represents all parasail operators on Patong Beach, has ordered all parasail operators to no longer allow children of the ages of about five or six years old on parasail rides, Patong Parasail Club spokesperson Nucha Petchvimol told The Phuket News today (Aug 18).

“We have yet to decide on the exact age and height yet, but it is obvious that operators were not cautious enough with this tourist,” Mr Nucha, who is also President of the Patong Jet Ski Association, said.

“We will join a public meeting with the Patong Mayor to discuss this further on Tuesday,” he added.

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Mr Nucha pointed out that the operators’ club was unaware of the incident until he was informed of it by Mayor Chalermluck and asked to have the issue resolved immediately.

“For the past 30 years there have not been any official rules for parasail operators to abide by, but this parasail operator should have already known to take better care of tourists’ safety than this, regardless of how careless a parent might be with their own child,” Mr Nucha explained.

Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News today, “After we learned of this news, I urged to my colleagues to figure out what we can do with these operators.

“After the 70-year-old Australian man died after falling into the sea during a parasail ride at Kata Beach in July, the Phuket Governor ordered parasail operators to take better care of tourists. Then I found out this, showing that they are unable to do anything unless officials force them,” she added.

“This happened in Patong, which is my responsibility. I cannot let anything like what happened to the 70-year-old Australian man (see story here) happen again.

“I realise that Patong Municipality has no direct legal authority on this matter, but we must do something,” she said.



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Kurt | 21 September 2017 - 11:01:19

Nice photo. Where in the world you see 3 persons hanging below a parasail chute?
Answer: In Patong!
Patong, where the Mayor is doing her very best to advertise that Patong Municipality had no legal authority about what happen at Patong Beach.
Which is not true. They forbid chairs!

I red recently how much money these parasail people make daily. Probably daily a pizza box to city hall, to than...

malczx7r | 20 September 2017 - 16:16:22

\"Then I found out this, showing that they are unable to do anything unless officials force them,” she added. And therein lies the problem, nobody in the country is able to follow the rules, let\'s face it, even the police can\'t enforce the law, it needs the army to come down to make them do something.  But as previously stated what parent would do that to a child!!

Parfett | 19 August 2017 - 14:19:49

I agree there should be a minimum height and age for para sailing, but don't lets throw all the blame on the operators. What parent in their right mind would allow this for their child! That is child anise and could have been fatal!

CaptainJack69 | 19 August 2017 - 11:30:57

Safety first right?

No, it's safety last for 30 years and make a show of changing only when your practices are denounced on Facebook.

They've taken infants and the elderly up for years. And when they land those death-traps they sweep them across huge swathes of crowded beach with nothing but a boy with a whistle to look out for the "safety" of everyone else. I wonder how ma...

Discover Thainess | 19 August 2017 - 08:03:40

Mayor, if you don't want any more fatal accidents then just get rid of the parasails and jet skis. In the words of the meerkats: "simples!"

kangaloo | 19 August 2017 - 07:20:22

"Formalise a self-imposed rule to no longer allow young children on parasail rides".

Top blokes, oh wow, they are so co-operative.

I would very much like to know the stranglehold they over the authorities here in Patong, to be able to blatantly get away with this BS on a daily basis.


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