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Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

PHUKET: A search has been launched for man last seen riding a jet-ski off Phuket’s east coast today (July 17) and now feared overpowered by the storm conditions that struck the island this afternoon.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 17 July 2018, 05:37PM

Pa Khlok Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) emergency service staff and vehicles stand at the ready at Ao Por Pier, Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Pa Khlok Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) emergency service staff and vehicles stand at the ready at Ao Por Pier, Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thalang Police Chief Lt Col Theerawat Liamsuwan today confirmed to The Phuket News that the missing man is 25-year-old Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukdam.

He is reportedly a staffer at the local company Kai Jet Ski.

“He has been missing for more than 2 hours,” Col Theerawat said. “He was last seen at about 3:30pm between Naka Yai Island and Naka Noi Island.

“A team of about 10 to 15 jet-skis were sent out to find him, but so far we have not received any reports of success,” he added.

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“And Mr Koset was not wearing a life jacket and he cannot swim,” Col Theerawat said.

“We have relevant authorities now searching the area, but the weather has made the search difficult with strong winds and waves hampering efforts,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pa Khlok Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) emergency service staff and vehicles stand at the ready at Ao Por Pier, he noted.



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Christy Sweet | 21 July 2018 - 13:34:31

If true he can not swim and was not using a life jacket, then it is entirely this man's own fault he has likely drowned. It appears to be another example of a mindset that simply can not  fathom consequence with action.

Pauly44 | 21 July 2018 - 08:04:47

If they did that not a single comment from you would get published.

ematt | 21 July 2018 - 07:57:53

"however it seems it's ok to call people "neocolonialists," "white frustrated racists," "clowns," "white supremacists" ...  This from the commenter who, in another post, just referred to Thai people as "swine".  

Editor | 20 July 2018 - 20:22:39

"Thai apologist seem to have more "rights" can I ask WHY!"...

Sure can - we try to be as liberal as possible and obviously we have backed off way too far... Time for us to tighten up on our own policy... This will bring more complaints, but rest assured that this one has been heard.

KurtTi | 20 July 2018 - 17:08:56

It would be a good idea to stop  publishing derogatory comments. That would save more than 50% of space on this forum.

Rorri_2 | 20 July 2018 - 14:38:07

Editor, my bad, in my comment the Editor replaced names with ... so may not make a lot of sense, however it seems it's ok to call people "neocolonialists," "white frustrated racists," "clowns," "white supremacists" etc, this gang of Thai apologist seem to have more "rights" can I ask WHY!

Editor | 20 July 2018 - 14:26:58

Please note that the comments on this thread have gone off topic and are becoming increasingly personal. Some comments have already been edited just to give them a bare pass to be allowed through.  Freedom of speech and opinion is one thing, plain derogatory comments are another. Please keep the conversation on an even keel. Thank you.

Pauly44 | 20 July 2018 - 12:22:01

Regarding Thai road carnage it's a dead argument, there is no doubt Thai's are the world's worst drivers, some of the crap I see is beyond belief, no need to explain it to anyone with eyes and half a brain, just to those few living in denial apologizing for all the stupid behaviour on this forum, oh and ....  how ironic you calling posters racist, get a life!

Rorri_2 | 20 July 2018 - 12:20:49

Oh dear dear me, it appears the gang of Thai apologists has created a new account and going as ...., just how many accounts does he/they have, trying very hard to convince people they have more members ... changed "..." name a long time ago

Rorri_2 | 20 July 2018 - 08:52:40

@ Wiesel, I have just come back from Bali, the roads are more congested that Phuket, yet I do NOT see the same idiotic, dangerous, driving as I see in Thailand, so, what I am saying is, Timothy is 100% correct, you are entitled to your opinion, but let us see it, do not just attack other commentors.

Timothy | 20 July 2018 - 08:05:25

Wiesel, I didn't say I didn't like Thailand or Thai people. I simply pointed out the fact that it is a dangerous place with reckless activities a normal part of a Thai's day. Ghost riding, zipping between cars on scooters (no helmets of course), driving busses and cement trucks like go-karts, absolutely ignoring the lines on the road, or the traffic lights for that matter. The list goe...

KurtTi | 19 July 2018 - 21:11:39

@wiesel.The reason why all the hater still live in Thailand is because they can't find a partner in their home country.BTW,it's astonishing that for weeks now i was allowed to post stupid and racist comments.Says a lot about the people behind PN and their attitude towards Thais.This whole forum is a meeting point for white frustrated racists and neocolonialists.What a disgrace!

Wiesel | 19 July 2018 - 11:15:52

@ _Timothy: I hope you dont live in such dangerous Land!! But if you doso, can you tell why??

Timothy | 19 July 2018 - 08:01:09

I blame the Thai's because the facts and statistics are evidence of their reckless behavior. I've lived and worked in several countries. Visited many more. Have never seen a more dangerous place than Thailand. It is totally common for Thai's to risk their own lives, and the lives of others, for no reason whatsoever. Thailand has number 1 or 2 most deadly roads. Who else should be blame...

Pauly44 | 18 July 2018 - 16:32:35

Pot calling the kettle black, straight from the same people calling posters neocolonialist, white supremacist etc. just for posting their opinions, stupid is as stupid does, nothing to do with race, it is what it is, get over it.

ematt | 18 July 2018 - 15:57:58

Re: "why the Hell you blame 'the Thais'" 
Simple - because the comments section of this web site serves largely as a platform for racist rants and hate speech by disgruntled white supremacists who have somehow found themselves "stuck" living in Thailand...

KurtTi | 18 July 2018 - 15:04:51

Stupidity reigns in Thailand.Shown daily in most articles published here.Must have something to do with the average thai brain.

Pauly44 | 18 July 2018 - 11:54:13

"What is wrong with these people?" Now that is a loaded question, where to begin!

Wiesel | 18 July 2018 - 11:32:44

@Timothy: i agree he is an idiot but why the Hell you blame "the Thais" at all??? If someone same nationality you are do some stupid thing, would you blame all your people including yourself???

Timothy | 18 July 2018 - 09:57:45

"He was not wearing a life jacket and cannot swim". This pretty much sums up the whole safety mentality of the Thai's. Same like when they are passing a row of cars around a blind corner. Thai's make these crazy life or death actions with the hope that there won't be a vehicle coming toward them.  Rational people think that unless one can be 100% sure, assume a car is coming!...

Shwe | 18 July 2018 - 06:22:41

The man is an idiot, no life jacket an can't swim on a jet ski ( illegal?) in a storm. Waste of time looking for him

BenPendejo | 18 July 2018 - 00:42:16

Another rocket scientist here...Can't swim and wears no life vest while heading out in stormy weather. Baffling disregard for personal safety. It is no wonder that most Thais cannot be trusted to look after tourist safety, as they can't even look out for themselves. This really says a lot about why this place is so dangerous. Safety is simply not part of Thai culture, on land or sea.

CaptainJack69 | 17 July 2018 - 23:07:05

What is wrong wit these people? Last month a jet-ski "mechanic" died in a pond because he had no life jacket and couldn't swim. Not content with that level of stupid this guy goes all the way out to sea, just before a storm, just after a terrible shipping disaster involving many people dying in a storm, AND he can't swim  AND he has no life jacket. Genius.

malczx7r | 17 July 2018 - 19:30:24

Wasn't wearing a life jacket and can't swim. That just about sums up Thais approach to safety!

alf | 17 July 2018 - 18:50:15

Business as usual.
Bodies from last week are hardly all recovered that the new fatalities knock in.

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