On 16th December 2013 at the Phuket office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over a meeting for Coastal Marine Security for the Andaman region. Alo in attendance were Phuket Vice Governor – Sommai Preechasil, Captain Kritsada Rattanasupa from the Royal Thai Navy Phuket, PPAO President – Paiboon Upatising and Director of the Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation – San Jantawong.
Khun Maitree said “Phuket is famous for its world-class attractions and it’s imperative that we take care of security along the coastal region to build the confidence of tourists. The British Embassy has raised the importance of this issue and wants us to ensure that those involved have the necessary materials, equipment and training needed to do the job with maximum effect. This is required to achieve operational efficiency in all departments, and even the public and private sectors must join hands to help. We are also preparing to discuss the possibility of opening a marine victim help centre in Phuket in the near future.”