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Chinese experts join Phuket sea-rescue exercise

Chinese experts join Phuket sea-rescue exercise

PHUKET: Experts from the Chinese rescue NGO Peaceland Foundation took part in a sea-rescue exercise at Chalong Pier today (Jan 23) involving local disaster response teams and the Royal Thai Navy.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 23 January 2020, 05:44PM


Present for the occasion was Deputy Minister of Interior Niphon Boonyamanee, who presided over the opening ceremony of the joint safety-security campaign involving the Peaceland Foundation, whose staffers will be stationed with Phuket rescue teams and local police throughout the Chinese New Year holidays.

Mr Niphon explained that the joint campaign is being conducted in order to strengthen the relations between China and Thailand and to boost confidence among tourists from China and other foreign countries.

Present at Chalong Pier today were Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, Chinese Consul General in Songkhla Ma Fengchun, Thai-Chinese Cultural & Relationship Council President Phinij Jarusombat. Peaceland Foundation rescue expert leader Wang Ge, and other relevant officers.

Taking part in the sea-rescue exercise were officers from the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), as well as personnel from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, Marine Police, Tourist Police, Phuket Provincial Police and medical teams from Vachira Phuket Hospital, along with rescue experts from Peaceland Foundation.

The drill simulated a tour boat experience engine failure and starting to sink. The officers received the distress call and conducted a rescue mission to safely recover the tourists and the crew on board the boat by using rescue boats and helicopters.

“All the marine accidents that happen affects to Thailand’s and Phuket’s tourism image. This reduces the number of tourists [coming to Phuket, and Thailand], and will affect the number of people employed by the tourism industry and even affect country’s GDP,” Deputy Minister Niphon said today.

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“This is especially so during the Chinese New Year, when a lot of tourists come to Phuket,” he added.

“This is a good opportunity for the Peaceland Foundation and local government agencies to show the how well they can work together, and learn to improve,” he said.

Governor Phakaphong said, “Phuket is a famous tourist destination, so the measures to prevent disaster or accidents from happening is important, as well as our preparing and practicing to improve our officers.”

Rescue experts from the foundation will also provide assistance to tourists at Chalong Pier, Jian Wanich Pier, Coral Island, Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach, until Feb 2.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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Kurt | 24 January 2020 - 13:00:29

Pep talk ( everything is in good order) is thai Officialdom massage, even when not true. All for the tourist  $$$. Are PM2.5 masks provided to chinese tourists? How about still missing Naiharn kayak tourists? It is all funny cosmetic nonsense. Having such 'drill' while already knowing China locked down much, not allowing many chinese to fly to Thailand anyway. Thailand didn't block. $$...

BigA | 24 January 2020 - 08:11:59

The whole situation looks complete different when 500-600 (no joke!) motorbike block the end of the jetty!  Horst

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