(Don’t) Blame it on the buoys



It’s very sad that people are falling off the new swimming area demarcation buoys and getting hurt.  And I feel very bad for the mother who lost her son after he fell in and drowned.  But I mean, come on.  It’s not the buoys’ fault.  It is difficult to regulate a severe lack of common sense.  If you don’t know how to swim, don’t walk out onto those buoys, lest you are forced to deal with the consequences.

There are no regulations requiring signs be put up on balconies warning people not to step over the edge.  No warning signs saying don’t pet the mangy rabid dogs.  Why?  Because most people have the common sense not to do these things.

Evidently there are those who cannot swim who just don’t have sense enough to make the connection that on a rough day, with wind and waves, walking out onto these buoys over deep water just might not be the right thing to do.

Therefore, this puts in danger the fact that Pattaya and Jomtien beaches finally have barriers that speed boats and jet skis can no longer ignore. Which, in turn, go could go back to endangering the lives of swimmers.  And why is this?  Because it seems the operators of watercraft don’t have enough common sense to stay away from swimming areas.

Pierce Kyle Subban

Visitor from Quebec, Canada