Phuket marine police to enforce sea safety

2 Jan 2012

Local police officers have announced that they will be ensuring Phuket tour boat operators comply with safety regulations. The rules require boat crews to ensure passengers on tour boats as well as ferries to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Krabi are wearing lifejackets.

Marine police officers say they will be checking to ensure the all-important lifejackets are worn by all tourists on boats and also that vessels are not overloaded. To emphasise the point that checks will be stringent, two leading local marine police chiefs, Phuripat Theerakulpisut and Wichai Kamwong, paid a visit to Rassada ferry pier on New Year’s Eve.  

The marine police officers also attended a regional police force meeting at the island’s police headquarters which was chaired by the local commander, lieutenant general Santi Jansut. At the meeting, the lieutenant general told officers that Phuket was at the forefront of Thailand’s tourist industry and great care should be taken over visitors’ safety.

He added that Phuket’s different police departments, including tourist officers and a team of volunteers, ensured that police operations on the island were efficient and catered to the needs of both tourists and residents.  

On land, the tourist officers and volunteers have maintained a visible presence over the New Year holidays with foot patrols through tourist precincts such as Soi Bangla and checkpoints on major roads through the island.

Despite the road checkpoints, a number of accidents have taken place on Phuket. Police say that the majority of the crashes involved motorcyclists who were speeding or had misjudged an overtaking manoeuvre.

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