Jetski operators in Koh Samui are fed up with being painted as villans plaguing the nation’s beaches.
Following a series of rescues of tourists potentially drowning on the island’s famed Chaweng Beach the operators hope their public service will reach the ears of the authorities.
A video showing a rescue of several people being washed out to sea by heavy waves was posted to Facebook by Boykk Jaipeam then a further rescue of a thankful young Russia woman was featured on the media site Sanook.
The Facebook post said: “But for us jetski guys there would be many more dead. People shouldn’t just bang on about us being bad guys. We help people in trouble – many people every year.
“Please share our story – hopefully it will reach the ears of the big people.
“We get nothing for doing this. We do it out of the kindness of our hearts because every life has value”.
Sanook’s story showed Russian lady Alla Khanee being pulled from the waves by a jetski guy and recovering from her ordeal on the sands.
Sanook said that there had been 5 or 6 rescues over the last couple of days as high waves and shifting sands made the sea dangerous.
Despite warning signs people were still going into the sea. They said that jetski operators on the beach were warning people not to go swimming out of their depth and to obey the warnings.