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Australian woman dead after colliding with husband's jetski at Kata Beach

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1 hour ago, eggers said:

DFAT should have a warning on it's Smart Traveller posts advising tourist to avoid using jet skis & motor bikes due high level of physical danger & lack of insurance cover for use jet skis & motor bikes.  

This was in the link attached to post #2

 

The Australian government's smartraveller.gov.au website states that "there have been many serious accidents involving jet skis and motorcycles in Thailand". 

"Foreigners are regularly detained and arrested by police following jet ski and motorcycle accidents until compensation, often thousands of dollars, can be negotiated between parties," the website notes. 

The website also warns of jet-ski scams and improper insurance.

"Australian travellers continue to report harassment and threats of violence by jet-ski operators on tourist beaches, particularly in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan," it states. 


 

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You missed the fact that according to the Phuket News, the girl was pronounced dead on arrival at Chalong Hospital, which isn't even built yet!

 

This perhaps explains the lack of jet skis on Karon Beach when I visited around 5:30 yesterday.

 

Sad incident; unnecessary incident for which no Thais will take any responsibility whatsoever, despite the operators, the local municipality, the Phuket marine police and ultimately the Government all being partially culpable. 

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2 hours ago, cocorico2558 said:

Hope they check up if it was not intentionally and surprised nobody raised it yet. If a farang with thai wife dies the comments are very different....

Seriously?

That's a flawed theory, they simply weren't old enough, better yet possibly married long enough to go for that - otherwise sometimes pretty understandable - 'solution' imho.

 

Plus, well, getting rid of your chick ramming her whilst she's on another jetski? Fat chance of that working out when you really 'need' it.
Doubt even an Aussie would come up with such a plot ... 

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Unfortunately people often leave common sense behind when they go on holidays. Riding motorbikes on Thai roads which are among the most dangerous and hiring jetskis from scammers who have no interest in running a safe business are just some examples.

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1 hour ago, Don Mega said:

As common sense is lacking these days should DFAT hold a persons hand whilst they go to the toilet as there is chance one my slip on a wet floor ?.

Possibly. There is a much higher chance of wet bathroom floors in Asia. 

 

The 'drowned bathroom' i.e. the entire bathroom is the shower recess - is virtually unknown in Australia.

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1 hour ago, SS1 said:

You definitely don't need a licence for a jet ski.. even a 6 year old can ride one. They should just have a proper training session beforehand with clear rules to keep a certain distance from others.

 

What I observed from a little more developed country (Croatia) where I was allowed to ride one at 10 years old, was that they had a remote control system that could be used to shut the engine in a second from the beach. So if you went too far, too near to the beach or too near to others they would shut the engine as a warning. You would restart and then continue, if you keep messing around they would shut the engine and come bring you back. 

Good idea.

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3 hours ago, Thechook said:

On Australian news.  Absolute tragedy and she was so young and beautiful.  There should be a law that you must posses a licence to hire a jet ski,  motor bike etc.  I know you must have on in Australia but I guess that money comes before lives in Thailand.

Somewhat related i am very positive that most standard travel insurance policies will NOT cover such an accident unless additional riders or coverage was selected. Jet skis, motorcycles, quadcycles etc. are considered dangerous.

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3 hours ago, Thechook said:

On Australian news.  Absolute tragedy and she was so young and beautiful.  There should be a law that you must posses a licence to hire a jet ski,  motor bike etc.  I know you must have on in Australia but I guess that money comes before lives in Thailand.

Have hired a jetski in Florida before without needing to show a license, so I guess the same can be said of the US. The thing doesn't require a PhD to operate. Staying alive on one is simply a case of having some judgment and not being stupid. No license will guarantee that,...

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1 hour ago, SS1 said:

You definitely don't need a licence for a jet ski.. even a 6 year old can ride one. They should just have a proper training session beforehand with clear rules to keep a certain distance from others.

 

What I observed from a little more developed country (Croatia) where I was allowed to ride one at 10 years old, was that they had a remote control system that could be used to shut the engine in a second from the beach. So if you went too far, too near to the beach or too near to others they would shut the engine as a warning. You would restart and then continue, if you keep messing around they would shut the engine and come bring you back. 

Legally you definitely do need a licence to operate a jetski in Thailand obviously this is never enforced, it is a boat licence. In Australia it is a separate licence known as a PWCL (personal watercraft licence), it involves practical, written and safety aspects to obtain. Maybe Croatia needs a little more developing.

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2 hours ago, chrissables said:

There is no such thing as a jetski licence in Thailand.

 

There's  no such thing as a Licence in Thailand. ?

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...gotta hope it wasn't due to 'a rigged device'....as is often suggested when hapless foreigners crash these thing...

 

...any investigation/examination of the machine.....???

 

...too easy to say 'riding at speed'......

 

...like many other 'write-off incidents'.....

 

...not every foreigner that comes to Thailand is 'possessed by reckless abandon'....or....'has a death wish'.....

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I have seen these accidents on lakes in the USA. What usually happens is that the riders do not look behind themselves before executing a tight turn. The other jetskier is racing up on one side of them and cannot react quick enough, and BANG. If they are lucky they are not badly injured....sadly in this case it ended badly.

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Tragic. Just ban them, they make a terrible noise, and are dangerous to both the users, and to swimmers.

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Many posters here think that safety is completely in the hands of the individual taking the risk.

Fair enough in many ways, but there still has to be a certain level of care, instruction and safety rules taken on by the vendors and the Authority in charge of the marine environment. There is none.

The Marine Authorities, and local mayors, allow jet ski operators here to virtually operate where and how they like. This includes on crowded swimming beaches and in pristine marine environments on previously untouched beaches and surrounding islands. I don't need to talk about brown envelopes nor nepotism for people to understand reasons. 

There have been a number of avoidable accidents on the water around Phuket over the years. A speed boat towing parasailers chopping up bathers in a swimming zone and two honeymooners killed on a jet ski at Patong when they drove at high speed between the hulls of a catamaran are just two that come to mind. No one answered to the courts for those incidents. 

It's a cop-out to state that safety is entirely in the hands of the consumer. Just as on the roads, there needs to be rules and dedicated areas to enjoy water sports.

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