Thai Prime Minister Visits Phuket Over the Weekend to Inspect Safety Drills

Phuket –

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrived in Patong over the past weekend and inspected safety drills.

Our previous story:

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will visit Patong today to personally see safety drills performed in advance of the busy high season.

Now for the update:

The Prime Minister Srettha and his team arrived at Patong Beach on Friday (December 1st) and were welcomed by the Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat at Patong Beach. Consuls and honorary consuls based in Phuket from eight countries which are the Netherlands, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, China, England, France, and Finland joined in the event.

The Phuket Governor Sophon said the safety drills were aimed to upgrade confidence and safety for tourists and residents in Phuket. The government is aimed to support Phuket as an international province which is generating more tourism income for the country.

The Prime Minister oversaw several safety drills which consisted of three simulated situations with actors portraying the victims and criminals but real rescue and police teams showing their skills before leaving Phuket and heading back to Bangkok.

The scenarios were:

  • A tourist ignoring red flags and nearly drowning. Lifeguards rescued the tourist, portrayed by an actor, within five minutes.

  • Severe weather with high and strong waves in the sea. In the scenario, a passenger boat crashed with a speed boat. Many people were left floating in the sea about 150 meters from the shore. Injured passengers, all portrayed by actors, were rescued by a helicopter and rescue boats.

  • An AI camera caught a criminal suspect’s face near the Bangla Road and police immediately arrested the suspect with a gun. The suspect was also an actor.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.