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Phuket Gov urges swift resolution to lifeguard situation, bidding now open for new contract

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has urged the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO or OrBorJor) to act swiftly on hiring lifeguards so that they are ready for the high season.

By The Phuket News

Friday 10 November 2017, 04:40PM

PPAO Deputy Chief Satien Kaewpraprab. Photo: PR Dept

PPAO Deputy Chief Satien Kaewpraprab. Photo: PR Dept

The deputy chief of the PPAO has responded by stating that bidding is now underway for a new contract and that the issue will be resolved by the end of the month.

At yesterday’s (Nov 9) ‘Governor Meets Press’ meeting held at the Phuket Provincial Office, Gov Norraphat discussed about the Phuket Beach Safety Lifeguard Project and ordered the PPAO to hurry up in hiring lifeguards and have them stationed at important areas on Phuket’s beaches.

Joining Gov Norraphat at the meeting were Vice Governors Snith Sriwihok and Thawornwat Kongkaew, Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Sakchai Kunanuwatchaiyadech, PPAO Deputy Chief Satien Kaewpraprab and others.

Mr Satien said, “The PPAO has a Beach Safety Lifeguard Project which is aimed at helping people should they become involved in water accidents at 12 of Phuket’s beaches. However, Laem Singh Beach is not to be included in those 12 beaches for now as there is no access to the beach.

“Lifeguards who were stationed at Laem Singh Beach have now been moved to Patong and that means we now only cover 11 beaches.

“The 2017 budget contract for B16,566,000 ended on Sept 30 (contract started Jan 20 – Sept 30). So in October the lifeguards stopped working. We have managed to hire beach security for eight beaches and they started work on Nov 1,” Mr Satien said.

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“There are currently six lifeguards at Nai Harn Beach, two at Yanui Beach, seven at Kamala Beach, 21 at Patong Beach, six at Surin Beach, 11 at Bang Tao Beach, five at Nai Thon Beach and five at Mai Khao Beach.

“In total there 63 lifeguard covering 24 stations on eight beaches.

“We are now in the process of hiring lifeguards for Kata, Karon an Nai Yang beaches and we expect to there to be 32 lifeguards covering these three beaches,” Mr Satien explained.

“The PPAO opened bidding for a new company to take on the lifeguard contract via the website on Nov 6 offering a budget of B16,500,000 for 10 months of service. Bidding will close on Nov 23 and I can assure you that the issue of lifeguards will be resolved by the end of November.

“However, some beaches that do not have lifeguards will have local administrative officers keeping an eye out for tourists,” Mr Satien concluded.



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Timothy | 12 November 2017 - 09:56:15

One story in the paper about police allegedly receiving up to 100 million per month in payola. Another story about a life guard contract for 16 million baht for 10 months. There never seems to be money for things like the incinerator repair, sewage treatment, beach cleaning, waste bins, etc. etc. But there is always money for bonehead projects like Phuket Gateway, a movie museum, and the biggest b...

GregoryJCS | 11 November 2017 - 14:37:50

Lifeguards ready for high season?? Just when they are needed, when the seas are as calm as a lake. Are their ever tourists in trouble in the water at that time of year. Or are they going to be used to fine foreigners for smoking on the beaches instead :-)

marcher | 10 November 2017 - 18:28:36

New Governor every year, but the same chaotic situation. Never a contract in place ready for the termination of the old one. Perhaps employ a specialist with the brains to sort out what should be a simple task

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