China rescue team to boost safety in Phuket

China rescue team to boost safety in Phuket

PHUKET: A Chinese rescue team will join emergency rescue training in Phuket this month in an effort to restore confidence among tourists over Chinese New Year, says deputy governor Supote Rodruang na Nongkhai.

Mr Supote said China's Peaceland Foundation had asked the Thai-Chinese Cultural & Relationship Council if it could participate in the rescue training in Phuket on Jan 23. The request was granted by the Interior Ministry.

Twelve Chinese rescuers will join the training and also review maritime safety measures.

The training will be held at Ao Chalong pier in Muang district. "The participation of the Chinese rescue team will benefit Phuket by boosting confidence among Chinese tourists," he said. The number of tourists visiting Phuket has plunged by 20% since a boat accident in July 2018 left almost 50 Chinese dead.

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