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Koh Tao is... Death Island!

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by FettSolo, Nov 7, 2018.

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  1. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    So how many divers have actually been chopped to pieces in Koh Tao over last 10yrs?
    Diving accident involving boat or 1st time diver met his/her demise is NOT unique in Koh Tao. There are plenty of examples in SB if you care to search for it.
    A 13 yr old boy was killed in Hawaii recently. Would you ever suggest to stay away from the Island?
     
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  2. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    As competition to Koh Tao, just stop this nonsense.
    Koh Tao is not death island.
     
  3. Ian Yarwood

    Ian Yarwood Banned

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    Alice Davies from the UK suffered a severe leg injury on Koh Tao.

    British diver badly hurt by propellor

    It is true that accidents occur elsewhere around Thailand and around the world. However, what makes Koh Tao special is the lengths people go to in order to cover-up the tragedies.

    When Silje Mathisen was killed on 22 December 2014 there were people posting on Thai Visa Forum and elsewhere that she was at fault for ascending too quickly. In reality, she was in shallow water and a Pura Vida boat travelled over 5 divers. 4 managed to evade the boat. Another beginner Sigrid Simensen was dragged away from the oncoming boat but she witnessed her friend get sucked into the propeller and killed.

    The diving instructor, Ricky Collins had moved away from the two beginners and was unable to help at the crucial moment.

    There were plenty of people associated with the Koh Tao diving industry who were quick to blame the victim though.

    When Shelly Bot from Canada was killed, Steven Drylie of Koh Tao Rescue blamed the victim for her own death by falsely claiming she was in a boat lane.

    It is the victim blaming and cover-ups that makes Koh Tao special. It is the habit of shooting the messengers that makes Koh Tao special. You can see people on this forum criticising anyone who presents information for others to read and learn from.
     
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  4. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 Barracuda

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    [QUOTE="Ian Yarwood, post: 8535110, member: 493266]

    It is the victim blaming and cover-ups that makes Koh Tao special. It is the habit of shooting the messengers that makes Koh Tao special. You can see people on this forum criticising anyone who presents information for others to read and learn from.[/QUOTE]
    EXACTLY! If it’s no big deal and could happen anywhere , why all the pushback? Why try to blame a rape victim?
     
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  5. JonnieB

    JonnieB Nassau Grouper

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    I once read a stat that KT is the number 1 location in the world for OW certs... therefore lots of truly inexperienced divers there. Combine that with the underdeveloped safety standards for any activity found in most developing countries and you are bound to have more injuries and some deaths.

    Most First World travelers are aware that travelling to these parts of the world is more dangerous than their home countries and by visiting they accept these risks. If they want First World safety standards, they can vacation at home and pay First World prices for their vacations and dive certifications.

    that being said, I would still argue that given the number of OW certs done on KT, the number if mishaps is deminimus.
     
  6. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    No, that is simply human nature. If something goes wrong, many have the first inclination to point at others to blame. He was speeding,, the road was icy, etc.
    It is called psychological projection.
     
  7. Ian Yarwood

    Ian Yarwood Banned

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  8. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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  9. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    By your argument the U.K. is death island because there have been a number of diver deaths by dive boats running over divers. Get real, I’ve been to KT diving 4 times, no incidents. I’ve now moved on to Koh Lipe, still no incidents. Thailand isn’t any more dangerous for diving than anywhere else.
     
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  10. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    He is adding layer on layer to his own suspicions, now even this thread has become proof.
     
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