Hua Hin City Department of Ocean and Coastal Resources has accelerated the restoration of buoys along the tourism safety zone. Nearly 10 buoy bases near Hua Hin Beach have received complaints that those buoys have been damaged by waves and will endanger tourists who engage in marine activities. Meanwhile, authorities will investigate further and hope to repair all remaining buoys along the route.
(June 18, 1965) Ms Busaba Choksuchart, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin City, and Mr Jeerawat Prahmanee, Permanent Secretary, inspected the beach area with relevant officials to investigate the complaints of tourists from Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Including the buoy base in the sea was washed by the wind near the coast; it is very dangerous for tourists to swim in this situation, and the buoy and its entangled objects may cause injuries. The officials indicate hope the relevant agencies will deal with this problem.
Sophon Thongdee, Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, has ordered relevant officials to travel to the area to investigate and resolve the issues mentioned above with the Hua Hin city government. The department is reminded to expedite processing to ensure the safety of tourists and the beauty of Hua Hin Beach. It also provides policy to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to use new methods to make borders or landmarks more visible and easily visible to tourists,” the Director-General said.
Ocean and Coastal Resources officers boarded villagers’ motorboats to investigate the condition of the buoys and found that eight of the bases had been washed into the sea, potentially posing a danger to tourists and requiring urgent salvage. Each buoy base has been submerged in the sea. The buoy is sized at a depth of 5-6 meters, a width of 50 cm on each side, a height of 1 meter, and a weight of about 200-300 kg. There are 2 steel bars on both sides to fix the boundary of the buoy net. Villagers now use ropes to tie plastic bottles to the bottom of the buoy. Water sports or swimmers in this area should be especially careful.
The mentioned buoy bases is one of the projects created in 2017 for the safety of tourists to define the boundaries of swimming areas to avoid injuries caused by speedboats, jet skis and other water sports. Due to monsoons, these facilities have been completely damaged, and some buoy bases have floated into the sea. Since 2021, the relevant authorities have started an investigation, and the problem has been found to be very serious.
After exploring the buoys’ status during the motorboat trip, officials discussed it with the Hua Hin city government and said they would resolve the issue as soon as possible. However, the restoration project is complex, a diver must inspect each buoy base, and a boat is required to collect information to determine the setting policy, some of which may require the assistance of a tug, depending on the sea conditions. The relevant authorities will fully cooperate to complete the work as soon as possible.