TWO CHINESE TOURISTS KILLED IN SPEEDBOAT CRASH IN PATTAYA THAILAND – Speedboats and Chinese tourist appear to be like oil and water; they simply do not go together – well they don’t when Thai boat captains are reckless and flout any form of safety regulations.
Yet again another speedboat crash, because of the careless nature of a Thai boat captain, has occurred.
This time two Chinese tourists were killed and eight other injured after a speedboat, operated by a 23 year old Thai captain, hit a mooring rope in the bay of Pattaya at high speed.
Once again Thailand’s tourist safety regulations and enforcement are being called into question. Just two months ago the Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Guan Mu, met with Thai officials and the media in Phuket with a clear message that the Chinese Government would not accept or continue to tolerate the ever increasing number of Chinese tourists dying due to Thailand being unable or unwilling to set better safety standards and actively enforce them.
The Chinese Ambassadors comments came after a number of Chinese tourists had died from drowning and being involved in other speedboat incidences; all of which, he stated, could have been avoided if the Thai authorities bothered to create and enforce safety regulations.
According to reports the speedboat crashed after it was entangled in an anchor rope. The speedboat then flipped over just short of 200 meters from the shore.
We spoke to one insider who has a boat anchored in Pattaya;
“These speedboat captains are often just kids and seem to think that they are kings of the bay. It is nothing unusual to see these speedboats entering the bay at very high speeds and any boat owner will tell you that doing more than one or two knots is perilous because of the amount of moorings present.
These Thai captains have little, if any, training and I for one would never set foot on a boat that is captained by a Thai – you’re just asking for trouble.”
The speedboats captain, 23 year old Kengkai Boonsri, was among those injured and as yet there are no reports of him being questioned over the incident.
If Thailand’s reputations is anything to go by it is likely the Thai authorities will do everything in their power to hush this latest incident up and in the process avoid having to pay the victims any compensation.
The two Chinese tourists that were killed have been named by the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok as Dong Feiyue, 30 Mr.Zhang Tao, 29 and the injured as Miss Geng Yanzhi, 33, Miss Xiao Manying, 47, Xiao Xiongping, 62, Qign Xiaolin, 32, Xiao Shungen, 49, Liang Kaiyao,49, and Gu Yu Zhang, 33.
Currently, with the decline of western tourists, due to the excessive scams, rip-offs, violent crime and safety issues, the Chinese tourist market is responsible for propping up Thailand’s ailing tourist industry.
With just over 2.8 million Chinese tourists visiting Thailand each year they are a vital part of the Thai economy and if China decides take action by not allowing its nationals to visit Thailand it would have a devastating impact on the revenue Thailand generates from its tourism trade.
Another one of our sources commented;
“The truth is that the Thais really don’t care. Foreign tourists are simply cash-cows to be used and abuse and bled dry.
The issues of tourist safety have been sounded time and time again with Foreign Ambassadors and the Thai Authorities simply shake their heads in agreement with promises of action and then forget about it the moment the meeting is over.
The only way it will ever change is when the money stops coming in for money is the only thing Thais truly care about.”
Once again the same scenario is likely to be played out; that is the Foreign Ambassadors will hold emergency meetings to tell the Thai Authorities to clean up their act or face serious consequence and again the Thai Authorities will issue their hollow promises.
The really sad part of all this is that innocent lives continue to be lost due to the lack of care and even basic consideration but surely there must come a breaking point as to when tourists do abandon Thailand as a holiday destination.
We wonder how many lives it will take before people finally wake up and realise that taking a holiday could most likely be the last thing you ever do due to the lack of even the most basic safety standards.