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  • Phuket Yachties Swamped by Jet-Ski Hooligans Got No Help from Police

    Phuket Yachties Swamped by Jet-Ski Hooligans Got No Help from Police
    Sunday, February 22, 2015


    The Clarkes on the beach at Laem Singh: they say a camera was wrecked
    Photo by Phuket lifeguards

    PHUKET: Two yachties from New Zealand wish they could catch up with a couple of jet-ski hooligans from France to give them a blast - and ask them to replace a water-damaged digital camera.

    The stir between the dinghy-riding yachties and the jet-ski riding French tourists caused quite a fuss at Phuket's Laem Singh beach yesterday.

    Laem Singh was once a beach where jet-skis were banned but it appears to have become a ''sub-set'' for Bang Tao.

    Catamaran captain Trevor Clarke and his wife Jolanpa rode a dinghy in from their catamaran about 4pm yesterday, according to Surin beach lifeguard Sayan Bureerak.

    ''On the way in, with a digital camera on board the dinghy, Mr Clarke asked some French jet-skiers who came too close to keep their distance,'' Khun Sayan said.

    ''But they ignored him and splashed the dinghy repeatedly by making waves.''

    When Mr Clarke reached the beach and discovered the camera was no longer working, he asked a lifeguard for help and, because of a lack of good English, the lifeguard called in Khun Sayan from neighboring Surin.

    ''We called the Tourist Police and they in turn contacted the local police at Cherng Talay,'' Khun Sayan said.

    ''Mr Clarke and his wife waited two hours, but nobody turned up.''

    Khun Sayan said there were five French people in the group but the two people from the group who stayed on the beach did not acknowledge any connection to the jet-ski riders.

    ''It's often the case that people on Phuket are inclined to create a bit of trouble when they first arrive,'' he said.

    The Clarkes were frequent visitors to Phuket, he said they told him.

    phuketwan.com
    http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

  • #2

    Concerning this particular incident, the lifeguard telephoned me (as a TPV), to ask for assistance.

    His request for assistance was not about the camera, but about the dangerous activities of the jet-skis, who completely ignored the LG's warnings about swimmers in the area and shouted abuse at the LG.

    I also spoke to the yachties who confirmed the dangerous use of the jetskis, and mentioned the damage to the camera, (but as a secondary issue).

    This was the second occasion in a couple of weeks that this LG has called me for assistance to stop the dangerous riding of jetskis under his watch.

    Since I am based some distance away at the airport, I called the 1155 Tourist Police hotline, identified myself as a TPV, explained the problem (in Thai), and asked for police officers to go to Laem Singh beach to help the LG and to apprehend the jetskiers (who were still on that beach).

    Unfortunately, it seems that my urgent request to 1155 went unheeded.....

    Posted by Simon Luttrell on February 23, 2015 09:14
    http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-...acomment_78021
    http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

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    • #3
      Doesn't get better does it

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      • #4
        They are froggies the most ignorant breed on the planet even worse than Brits, so if they saw a chance to get back for the sinking of the rainbow warrior in Auckland harbor they took it. Ignorant garlic eating coonts.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by peterplonker View Post
          They are froggies the most ignorant breed on the planet even worse than Brits, so if they saw a chance to get back for the sinking of the rainbow warrior in Auckland harbor they took it. Ignorant garlic eating coonts.

          So, you hate Germans, you hate the French . . . lucky you're a Kiwi, but disappointing character trait.

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          • #6
            I don't actually hate Germans at all PH, the nicest men, I have ever met were my old riding pals, one of whom can still be seen at Tawadeng, propping up the bar and making the absolutely finest beer in tie land.
            But I do dislike froggies, a hangover from my early working days when I accompanied my Froggie boss on a trip to Lord Howe island and his POS Tri started to break up, so like a true kiwi, I abandoned the trip, and left him to it, getting a plane back to Sydney. My revenge on the garlic munchers.

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            • #7
              You are therefore forgiven!

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