In an unprecedented move, Marine 5 Chief, Phuripat Theerakulpisut, has declared that speedboats and longtails in Phuket venturing to sea in today’s predicted bad weather are banned.
It’s the first time in modern memory that the Marine 5 chief has restricted the movement of boats for safety reasons. ”We will cancel the license of any captain who leaves Phuket on Monday,” Khun Phuripat told Phuketwan today. Khun Phuripat has warned of strong penalties for captains who breach safety rules in the past but has never imposed stern measures. phuketwan.com