THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Swimming at Phuket beaches still allowed, confirms lifeguards

PHUKET: Swimming is not banned at all beaches in Phuket today (July 25), The Phuket News has confirmed.

tourismmarineSafetyanimalsweather
By Sirapisit Bunchoocheep

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 01:23PM


The confusion follows a report posted online by an English-language news portal yesterday (July 24) quoting the Governor as saying, “Swimmers have been banned on every beach until the crocodile is caught”.

As such the report informed readers, “Swimmers have been banned on all beaches in Phuket while the crocodile hunting operation is still in operation.”

The Phuket Governor has yet to respond to questions directly from The Phuket News to clarify the report posted in English yesterday.

However, Somprasong Saengchat, Chief Lifeguard at Patong Beach, this morning confirmed to The Phuket News that he himself has confirmed that there are no such orders banning swimmers from entering the water at all Phuket beaches.

“We have already held a meeting with the Patong Municipality. There are no orders to close Patong Beach,” he said.

“In the area of Patong Beach and other nearby beaches such as Karon, there are officers on watch and people are allowed to play in the water, but only in designated areas,” he added.

Mr Somprasong noted that tourists were not allowed to swim at Tri Trang Beach and Paradise Beach, where the crocodile has been spotted, confirming the safety mandate issued after sightings at those locations earlier this week.

At Patong Beach, safe swm zones have been set up, but other areas have been marked with red flags indicating it is too dangerous for people to swim at those areas.

Likewise, at Surin Beach red flags have been posted all along the beach as surf conditions are too dangerous for swimmers to enter the water.

Meanwhile, the hunt for the crocodile continues, Supachai Chanphet, Head of the Karon Municipality Tourist Assistance Center based on Karon Beach, confirmed to The Phuket News this morning.

“We are now focussing our search around Tri Trang Beach and Paradise Beach, and officers are on watch at Patong, Karon and Yanui,” he said.

“The crocodile was last seen near Tri Trang Beach around 3pm yesterday,” he added.

Officers are also scouring the coast around the headland at the southern end of Patong Bay to Freedom Beach, Mr Supachai noted.

“The patrols are closely monitoring the beaches at Tri Trang, Paradise Beach and Patong, as well as any other areas where we believe the crocodile might travel to.

“We are continuing our search all day long. There is always constant communication between the command centre and me,” he said.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 28 July 2018 - 13:13:49

Governor said: 'Forbidden to swim at beaches'. Other official said: 'There is no such order'.
When start the right thai official hand to know what the left thai official hand is saying/doing?
What is the command centre for, in the middle of all this contradictable nonsense?

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Marine Rangers: DMCR calls for volunteers to help protect marine treasures

It is simple. Show me that DMCR, DNP, Marine Offices, and the Royal Navy join/coordinate forces to ...(Read More)


Marine Rangers: DMCR calls for volunteers to help protect marine treasures

Before I volunteer, tell me first what is the budget of DMCR to protect Thai Marine Treasures. And h...(Read More)


Facial recognition leads to fake-passport arrest

About 'fake' visa stamps: A few years ago I was departing SuvarnaBhumi with a international ...(Read More)


Facial recognition leads to fake-passport arrest

The money amount on the evidence table looks more about $ 50,000. Where is the 'rest' of th...(Read More)


Truck driver dodges charge for dangerous load as 33 tons of rice flip semi-trailer onto its side

What is the official load capacity of such semi trailer truck? Is 33 Tons not a 'overload'...(Read More)


Phuket braces for heavy weather, small boats advised to stay ashore

Really people. Why always trashing the authorities? They don't control the weather! Tourists are...(Read More)


Truck driver dodges charge for dangerous load as 33 tons of rice flip semi-trailer onto its side

Sounds like some elementary school yard logic there. This incident easily could have had much differ...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Road rage axe attack? Drugs found in rectum! Dark web bust sees 50 kids saved! || May 23

Hahaha,GT,i love that one ! Indeed a true expert for that part of the body!...(Read More)


Phuket Police say investigation into Finnish girl’s death inconclusive

If people wish to ignore warnings not go swimming in a raging swell, that is their responsibility if...(Read More)