In a meeting last 30 January 2018, president of Krabi Tourism Association Wattana Rerngsamut wants to propose to provincial administrative officials the purchase of a marine ambulance in a bid to increase safety and provide emergency transport when an accident happens at sea. Following several accidents during scenic tours to popular islands in Thailand, officials are looking into enhancing safety and security measures. Krabi, as one of the most popular destinations, will definitely benefit from a medical boat.
But, considering that accidents can happen anytime and anywhere, wouldn’t it be a great idea for other islands to follow Krabi’s plans?
According to Wattana, the medical ambulance will work similar to those on the road, transporting the injured “while providing emergency first aid at the same time.” The proposal is just one of the safety measures authorities are working on to ease the fears that tourists are experiencing due to several accidents that happened at sea.
Stricter Safety Measures at Sea
In a meeting chaired by the president of Nong Talay OrBorTor Sukkai Chan-On, and participated by operators of speedboats and long-tail boats, hotel representatives, and tour guides, different suggestions for safety measures were made.
Tighter safety measures
These will be carried out from the pier right through to everyone on board. Hopefully, such steps will ensure little to no mishaps and that any problems, no matter, how little will be detected beforehand.
Installation of security cameras
Krabi officials suggested that piers should be equipped with security camera to help beef up monitoring.
Boat maintenance monitoring
Every vessel should be maintained regularly and then checked if it meets the agreed set of standards. Otherwise, they will lose their business for the day.
Check drivers and crews’ fitness
The governor of Krabi ML Kitibodi Prawit said that crew members should be checked if they are fit for purpose before they are allowed to board the boat and carry out tours. There are plenty of other ideas suggested during the meeting, including the purchase of a marine ambulance for the Krabi region. Since one of the suggestions is to ensure quick response during an accident, a medical boat ready to sail away during an accident will definitely come in handy. This also means that minor accidents need not wait until reaching the shore to be treated. Administering first aid to injured patients will also aid in keeping severe conditions from becoming worse. This is especially helpful for islands where access to hospitals and healthcare providers are difficult and challenging. Transporting injured patients for long hours before receiving treatment can be disastrous. But with a medical boat right in the middle of the sea, such problems can be avoided. Wattana is set to officially file his proposal for consideration to the authorities. Hopefully, his idea will be approved and other islands included in the scenic islet tours will embrace the idea and purchase their own marine ambulance. With thousands of tourists signing up for tours on a daily basis, buying the ambulance is well worth it.
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