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Phuket Poll: Overwhelming call for more action to prevent beach drownings

PHUKET: An overwhelming response by respondents to a poll by The Phuket News has called for a raft of improvements in the fight to prevent beach drownings during the southwest monsoon season, which plagues Phuket from May through October each year.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 7 June 2016, 06:06PM

Respondents to the poll overwhelmingly called for more action to prevent drownings at Phuket’s beaches. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Respondents to the poll overwhelmingly called for more action to prevent drownings at Phuket’s beaches. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The dangers of the strong waves and rip currents are announced by many agencies time and again at this time of year, but seemingly falling on deaf ears, with lifeguards at beaches along the coast repeatedly reporting incidents of beach-goers ignoring lifeguards’ warnings.

To this, The Phuket News asked our readers, “What do you think is the best way to prevent drownings at Phuket beaches during the southwest monsoon?”

A total of 11% of votes cast in the poll called for “Compulsory surf danger education by all tour companies selling tours to Phuket at this time of year” while the suggestion of “Compulsory surf safety education for all children in Phuket” garnered 13% of all votes.

A further 18% of votes called for “More and better-equipped lifeguards”, and 21% of votes cast supported “Improved safety campaigns, including more warning signs and mandatory warning pamphlets in hotel rooms and at the airport.”

Adding to all these calls for improvements, a further 30% of all votes cast supported “All of the above.”


Only 8% of votes cast called for no further action to prevent beach drownings, saying “enough warning is already provided.”

In this poll, readers had the option of selecting more than one response. For the full poll results, click here.

If the best response for you was not listed, feel free to mention in the comments below.

To see the results of our previous poll, which asked, “Should Phuket street art stay?”, click here.



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Foot | 08 June 2016 - 10:06:20

Assuming that warning signs in the many tourist languages are required, if they are abundantly used, nothing more is required than is already being provided.
Too many people are just too ignorant.  They can't be protected from themselves.
Warnings from signs, lifeguards, tourist venues, planes, taxis, is more than enough.

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