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Phuket Opinion: Bargaining on the beaches is playing with lives

Phuket Opinion: Bargaining on the beaches is playing with lives

Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) Council President Teera Jiasakun has shown his utter contempt for the vital role Phuket’s lifeguards play in providing safety for beachgoers on the island – and by extension for the millions of tourists that enable Phuket’s economy to prosper.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 8 October 2017, 09:00AM

“The PPAO can provide Phuket lifeguards ourselves. We do not need Phuket Lifeguard Service Co Ltd anymore,” PPAO Council President Teera Jiasakun told a meeting of his organisation’s council on October 27, adding, “We will do it by ourselves… we will do this and manage everything on time on Oct 1.” (See story here.)

Since that tough talk last week, Mr Teera has disappeared from sight and left local OrBorJor officials and Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong to pick up the pieces from his bloody-mindedness in the contract negotiations with the Phuket Lifeguard Service (PLS).

The PLS has refused to sign the contract proffered by the PPAO that would see its funding frozen at the same level despite it being called on to extend patrol times, expand patrol areas and the need to update dilapidated infrastructure and equipment. (See story here)

To his credit Gov Norraphat has been doing his utmost to help organise some semblance of safety patrols on the island’s popular tourist beaches. But it is already becoming clear that this motley crew of Navy personnel, Civil Defence volunteers and a handful of actual lifeguards hired as a stop-gap measure are unable to provide an adequate level of safety. (See story here)

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As if to highlight the appalling negligence and lack of concern shown by the PPAO, it has recently been announced that a team of foreign volunteer lifeguards are on their way to Phuket to carry out free internationally-certified training courses for Phuket’s lifeguards and other involved in tourist safety.

Such a generous effort by these volunteers would not be needed in the first place if the contract on offer to the PLS had adequately reflected the costs inherent in adequately training lifeguards. (See story here)

The Phuket News calls on the PPAO to return to the negotiating table with the PLS and find a compromise that enables qualified, experienced lifeguards to remain on Phuket’s beaches and to be adequately compensated, trained and equipped.

Otherwise the blood of every swimmer that drowns on the currently poorly patrolled beaches will be on the PPAO’s hands.


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Nasa12 | 09 October 2017 - 07:55:12

Why not have Permanent Public Employees Life Guards In Phuket?

Capt B | 08 October 2017 - 22:09:53

When I was a surf lifesaver, I used to do it on a voluntary basis to help my community & chat up good lookin Shielas on the beach that were usually scantily dressed in Bikinis.
Whats wrong with these guys, can\'t they work for free ???

Kurt | 08 October 2017 - 16:54:32

Well, mr Teera said something funny before thinking about his saying, and than disappeared from sight.
As many officials do,.. just empty bla bla, followed by 'ordering' and than they disappear because they not have a clue about what they suppose to do. 
Because of that, Phuket now has no trained experienced Beach Guards.

I even have seen a temperarely 'Beach Guard', a fireman...

Nasa12 | 08 October 2017 - 12:26:50

Then PPAO Council President Teera Jiasakun are a Ki..er and responsible for anyone drowning in Phuket ?.

alan morison | 08 October 2017 - 10:47:28

This farce happens every year because the PPAO is an arrogant authority that fails to understand the need for skilled, trained, professional lifeguards on Phuket's beaches. Needless drownings will occur as long as the PPAO puts its ego ahead of saving lives.

Foot | 08 October 2017 - 09:33:07

The Phuket News should do a real, investigative story on the financianing for lifeguards.

The Phuket News reported on 5 October, 2017 that “…The Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) – which launched a 1% room tax on all hotel rooms rented out across the island in 2000 on the promise of providing lifeguards at Phuket’s beaches…”
Based on β2 billion i...

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