Well … Becki seems to be a bit late like usual but just after I posted the last article I went on a search in google and discovered the awful truth again!
A 27-year-old German tourist drowned May 2nd 2007 after attending the famed Full Moon Party at Hadrin Beach on the island of madness called Koh Phangan, police officials announced.
Maurice Pascal Kreuzer from Heidenburg was found dead early Wednesday, 2nd May 2007, on Haad Rin beach at Kho Pha-Ngan Island, police agents said. “He died around dawn after he went swimming while drunk,” lieutenant colonel Kosol Keankaew of the local marine police said.
The Full Moon Party attracts thousands of revellers every month for a night of drinking, drugs and dancing on Phangan island’s lush tropical beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.
So … it happened again like before in December 2005 when 2 Swedish girls drowned at the Full Moon Party Beach Hadrin. But wait … wasn’t there something setup after wards to prevent things like this happening again? Yes … the so called Phangan Safety Fund which was brought into life by the Backpackers Information Centre with the help of local representatives and international support to raise money to purchase lifesaving and medical equipment and provide volunteer lifeguards on Haad Rin Nok beach.
Well … is this Phangan Safety Fund still active? Where did our generous donations go?
Or was it just another media campaign to make you donate some money without actually improving anything?
What the heck … at least we got some nice signs – Beach Rescue Equipment Here! A lovely donation sponsored bright red kayak and an awesome lifeguard observation chair plus a few nice pics of shaking hands with some local island representatives.
Isn’t that progress enough?
Update August 2007
Last night Becki received a phone call from one of the no longer active Phangan Safety Fund members, asking me to update the article with proper facts. Here’s what Phangan Safety Fund has to say:
The incident regarding the German guy had nothing whatsoever to do with the Phangan Safety Fund nor life guarding scheme – he had drowned and was medically certified as having been in the water more than 4 hours – and his body had been brought in by the tides – this incident did not happen during any time the scheme was operating on Haadrin beach!
For your information, the Phangan Safety Fund was started by Backpackers Information Centre in association with Same-Same Guesthouse and a committee based in Sweden (set up due to the two Swedish girls drowning at Hadrin Beach Dec 2005). All the financial funding for the scheme was provided by a benefactor in Sweden from his personal funding (a school teacher of one of the Swedish girls who died) who set up a committee of six persons in Sweden who are required to approve spending to fund the scheme.
Backpackers Information Centre was purely acting as the interface to organize things locally. The bank account, with spending approval operated via Sweden has all funds accountable and access able for anyone wishing to view spending. Anyone wishing to do so can email Jan Eklow, the Swedish committee Director, direct via www.thailiv.se.
For your information, a meeting was held in June 2007 with the local government of Koh Phangan regarding the Phangan Safety Scheme transferring all operations and remaining funds to the local government as they wish to set up a similar scheme by themselves and as such make the Phangan Safety Fund redundant from all responsibilities and operations.
Backpackers Information Centre, Same-Same Guesthouse and The Phangan Safety Fund committee in Sweden has therefore ceased operating lifeguards and the Swedish Committee are in the process of transferring all equipment (boat, kayak, medical supplies, life guarding equipment etc.) and all remaining funds to help the local government set up their own operation. No further funding nor input to the new scheme will be provided by any of the parties involved in the Phangan Safety Fund.
Regarding your article and use of my Company name, photos and text – as I have not given permission from myself or the company to use any such information I would ask you to remove all references to my company immediately as this is illegal under both copyright and data infringement laws.
So … here you got the official response from the Phangan Safety Fund regarding the drowning of a German Tourist after the Full Moon Party in May 2007. Phangan Safety Fund has also asked to remove all their references from the article but Koh Phangan Island News simply refuses to do so. Phangan Safety Fund was setup after the tragic death of the two Swedish girls who drowned at the Full Moon Party in Dec 2005, to simply help preventing that this will happen again. All information regarding the Phangan Safety Fund was made public via the Thailand Live Saving Fund and Backpackers Information Centre website to provide information to the public. Koh Phangan Island News has at no point provided false information or accused anyone of doing something wrong!
Koh Phangan Island News simply asks questions? And there still is a big difference between an accusation and a simple question!
Thanks for your attention and have a nice day.