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    Phuket tourist forced to pay 180,000 baht in jet-ski repairs

    Phuket tourist forced to pay 180,000 baht in jet-ski repairs

    The tourists negotiating the damages to be paid to the jet-ski operator. Video Image: Grant Upton

    The American suffered a broken leg after falling off the jet-ski, which crashed onto rocks.

    PHUKET: A group of foreign tourists enjoying the Songkran festival in Phuket found out the hard way that the much maligned jet-ski insurance scheme doesn’t cover all repair costs if a jet-ski is badly damaged.

    After negotiations with police and the jet-ski owner, British national Nicola Ross Morton agreed to pay an astounding 180,000 baht for damages to a jet-ski he rented out from an operator at Loma Park in Patong on April 13.

    Mr Morton was among three tourists who rented jet-skis from 54-year-old Sucha Petnuan-ong, Patong Police officer Somsak Nguanson told the Gazette on Monday.

    The three paid 1,000 baht each for 30-minute rides, he said.

    Mr Morton’s machine first collided with another jet-ski ridden by 31-year-old American Christine Marie Gordon before crashing into a rocky shoreline outcrop off the coast of Kamala, he said.

    Ms Gordon’s jet-ski was only slightly damaged, but the entire fiberglass front end of Mr Morton’s craft was torn apart by the impact and its engine was almost completely dislodged.

    Mr Morton was injured in the crash, suffering a broken leg according to a British woman who was riding with him at the time.

    Patong Police described his injuries as “minor”, however.

    Ms Gordon went to Patong Police Station the following day to negotiate a settlement for both parties, who assumed the cost of repairs would be covered by the insurance agreement they signed upon renting out the jet-skis.

    Patong Police called in a mechanic who estimated the total cost of repairs for both jet-skis at 320,000 baht – far more than the maximum 50,000 baht in damage coverage specified in the insurance agreement.

    “I made a deal for the tourists by negotiating with the jet-ski owner that Mr Morton would pay 180,000 baht to him. They seemed happy with that,” the mechanic said.

    Ms Gordon had to pay an additional 7,000 baht in damages: 3,000 baht for each of the two days the jet-ski would be out of service for repairs, plus a 1,000 baht deductible charge for the damages.

    “The lessee must pay 3,000 baht per day for loss of income to the lessor up to a total of 15,000 baht,” he read from the insurance agreement.

    Sucha Petnuan-ong, the 54-year-old jet-ski owner, told Gazette last week that the cost of repairing the machine would be almost as much as buying a new one.

    The native of Songkhla province said he bought the jet-ski over three years ago for over 300,000 baht.

    “I will be at an absolute loss as a new jet-ski chassis alone is about 270,000 baht. I will buy the new chassis and fix the engine, but I don’t know how much that will cost me. It will take over a month,” he said.

    Mr Sucha, who has been operating jet-skis for over 30 years, also has two boats.

    “I also had to pay other expenses, such as the cost of recovering the damaged jet-ski and towing it back to Patong, which took two hours. I also have my employees’ salaries to pay,” he said.

    “I am also losing rental income that I need to feed my family. I think I will have to take out a bank loan to cover all the repair costs,” he said.

    The Gazette tried to contact Mr Morton and Ms Gordon, but they had already checked out of their room at the Boat Lagoon Hotel.

    A video clip of the British woman who was operating the jet-ski at the time told local journalist Grant Upton that they simply fell off the jet-ski, which should have stopped automatically.

    Rather, the jet-ski continued at full speed until it crashed into the cliff, she said.

    “I fell off and the jet-ski kept going. Normally the key comes out and it stops. Now they are trying to tell me that I caused that. I keep telling them that if I had been on [the craft] I would be dead right now – look at the state of it!” she said.




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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    I made a deal for the tourists by negotiating with the jet-ski owner that Mr Morton would pay 180,000 baht to him. They seemed happy with that
    All's well that ends well.

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    Does look to be a bit of a write off that one.... However, I wouldn't be surprised if they patch it up.. Not hard to do when working with fiberglass....

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    It's just a scratch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    I wouldn't be surprised if they patch it up
    20 rolls of duct tape and couple cans of spray paint. She'll be like new.

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    Let's put the engine from it into a long tail boat and race it along the Mae Nam Munn Norts

    I'll give 'em 30K for it

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    Ski shoud have stopped.
    Not her fault.

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    guess the motor should stop , but what about the momentum ,guess it depends how near the rock they were .
    Better to stick to activities that leave the sea serene.

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    Hard to defend people this fucking dumb...

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    3 days work max to sort that lil mess
    and he pays 180,000 baht
    amazing.

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    What's the chance of opening a jet ski rental place seems to be a very profitable business(scam) Thats about 5 grand or so you can buy a decent one here for less than that.
    Last edited by bobo746; 21-04-2011 at 06:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    I fell off and the jet-ski kept going. Normally the key comes out and it stops. Now they are trying to tell me that I caused that. I keep telling them that if I had been on [the craft] I would be dead right now – look at the state of it!” she said.
    "Normally" doesn't apply to Thailand.

    So far as the Thais are concerned the only question is who would have paid the repair bills if she had died.

    Some people are just so inconsiderate.

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    This is not exactly the typical rental fraud; hidden damage on the bottom of the vehicle for which they collect "damages" multiple times, these are just idiots who did wreck the jet ski through their own stupidity.

    Why would anyone want to ride one of these things on the open ocean anyway; that's as boring as riding a motorcycle around a parking lot. Besides, with all the negative press these rentals have received, anyone who would still rent one would have to be a complete idiot.

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    The Ski is foked, If I was the Thai dude I'd want a new one foker should of stopped but it didn't.


    Tuff shit, Welcome to Scamland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    “The lessee must pay 3,000 baht per day for loss of income to the lessor up to a total of 15,000 baht,” he read from the insurance agreement.
    Further proof that the scam is the business and the rental is just embroidery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    astounding 180,000 baht for damages
    Not really......

    Doubt if the rental company would have disable the cut off switch and lanyard that should be connected the drivers wrist or life jacket.
    Skis stop in a relatively short distance once the throttle is dead BUT they cannot be turned or manoeuvred without the power on.
    Operators error/stupidity in my opinion - if it was a car accident would the insurance pay out for reckless driving - questionably NO

    Tb 180,000 payout for what would be considered a write off any where else in the world + owners loss of income seems a bit light on.

    For once, I'm on the side of the rental company .

    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    Why would anyone want to ride one of these things on the open ocean anyway;
    That's the only place to ride / fly them ... nothing quite launching off a medium swell at top speed for 4-5m of air time, landing it smoothly then ramping up the next crest. Slalom across the face of the swell is not for the feint hearted or physically unfit as well.

    Still water jet skiing a la Phuket and Pattaya is for tourists and the ski's should be de-tuned / have governors fitted that only allow, say, 30kph

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    Originally Posted by BobR
    Why would anyone want to ride one of these things on the open ocean anyway;
    That's the only place to ride / fly them ... nothing quite launching off a medium swell at top speed for 4-5m of air time, landing it smoothly then ramping up the next crest. Slalom across the face of the swell is not for the feint hearted or physically unfit as well.


    They're fun on a large river because you can actually ride them up-river and reach places you could not otherwise get to, and when you own them or rent them for a few days, but on the open ocean with a return time looming quickly would get boring very quickly.

    Ironically they're also much cheaper to rent at home. I used to rent them at the Colorado River for about $125 usd for a 24 hour day, with a contractual damage waiver included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Phuket tourist forced to pay 180,000 baht in jet-ski repairs


    The tourists negotiating the damages to be paid to the jet-ski operator. Video Image: Grant Upton




    The American suffered a broken leg after falling off the jet-ski, which crashed onto rocks.



    PHUKET: A group of foreign tourists enjoying the Songkran festival in Phuket found out the hard way that the much maligned jet-ski insurance scheme doesn’t cover all repair costs if a jet-ski is badly damaged.

    After negotiations with police and the jet-ski owner, British national Nicola Ross Morton agreed to pay an astounding 180,000 baht for damages to a jet-ski he rented out from an operator at Loma Park in Patong on April 13.

    Mr Morton was among three tourists who rented jet-skis from 54-year-old Sucha Petnuan-ong, Patong Police officer Somsak Nguanson told the Gazette on Monday.

    The three paid 1,000 baht each for 30-minute rides, he said.

    Mr Morton’s machine first collided with another jet-ski ridden by 31-year-old American Christine Marie Gordon before crashing into a rocky shoreline outcrop off the coast of Kamala, he said.

    Ms Gordon’s jet-ski was only slightly damaged, but the entire fiberglass front end of Mr Morton’s craft was torn apart by the impact and its engine was almost completely dislodged.

    Mr Morton was injured in the crash, suffering a broken leg according to a British woman who was riding with him at the time.

    Patong Police described his injuries as “minor”, however.

    Ms Gordon went to Patong Police Station the following day to negotiate a settlement for both parties, who assumed the cost of repairs would be covered by the insurance agreement they signed upon renting out the jet-skis.

    Patong Police called in a mechanic who estimated the total cost of repairs for both jet-skis at 320,000 baht – far more than the maximum 50,000 baht in damage coverage specified in the insurance agreement.

    “I made a deal for the tourists by negotiating with the jet-ski owner that Mr Morton would pay 180,000 baht to him. They seemed happy with that,” the mechanic said.

    Ms Gordon had to pay an additional 7,000 baht in damages: 3,000 baht for each of the two days the jet-ski would be out of service for repairs, plus a 1,000 baht deductible charge for the damages.

    “The lessee must pay 3,000 baht per day for loss of income to the lessor up to a total of 15,000 baht,” he read from the insurance agreement.

    Sucha Petnuan-ong, the 54-year-old jet-ski owner, told Gazette last week that the cost of repairing the machine would be almost as much as buying a new one.

    The native of Songkhla province said he bought the jet-ski over three years ago for over 300,000 baht.

    “I will be at an absolute loss as a new jet-ski chassis alone is about 270,000 baht. I will buy the new chassis and fix the engine, but I don’t know how much that will cost me. It will take over a month,” he said.

    Mr Sucha, who has been operating jet-skis for over 30 years, also has two boats.

    “I also had to pay other expenses, such as the cost of recovering the damaged jet-ski and towing it back to Patong, which took two hours. I also have my employees’ salaries to pay,” he said.

    “I am also losing rental income that I need to feed my family. I think I will have to take out a bank loan to cover all the repair costs,” he said.

    The Gazette tried to contact Mr Morton and Ms Gordon, but they had already checked out of their room at the Boat Lagoon Hotel.

    A video clip of the British woman who was operating the jet-ski at the time told local journalist Grant Upton that they simply fell off the jet-ski, which should have stopped automatically.

    Rather, the jet-ski continued at full speed until it crashed into the cliff, she said.

    “I fell off and the jet-ski kept going. Normally the key comes out and it stops. Now they are trying to tell me that I caused that. I keep telling them that if I had been on [the craft] I would be dead right now – look at the state of it!” she said.




    Another ignorant tourist trying to argue with a local who can probably only understand 1 word out of every 20 she says

    Gee lady, like you just totalled his Jet Ski
    Find a new hobby that is less expensive

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