Korat Rescue Operations Face Financial Strain, Raises Questions on Compensation


The recent case of the Korat rescue operations has raised concerns as the operations have been halted due to financial difficulties. The police station responsible for the operations encountered internal problems, resulting in a delay in compensating the rescue team for their eight months of service. Questions have emerged regarding whether the National Emergency Department Assistance (NEDA) will provide the necessary compensation and how this situation will impact the operations.

In a meeting with Mr. Prasit Thong Thit Charoen, President of Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation Rescue Unit in Pattaya City, he shed light on the issue. He revealed that similar problems are being faced nationwide, stemming from internal system issues within the National Security Council since November. Fortunately, their foundation provides support, ensuring the operations can continue smoothly. While NEDA has not been involved, the foundation has been the backbone of the rescue efforts, even providing additional knowledge and skills for effective first aid.

Currently, the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation Rescue Unit in Pattaya City operates with eight cars and over 30 volunteer vehicles. Despite not receiving funding from the National Health Service, they remain committed to serving the people and tourists in Pattaya and the Bang Lamung District 24 hours a day. There have been delays in financial disbursements due to internal problems, including the rotation of data entry staff. However, the foundation has confirmed that payments will resume by July 2023, while also emphasizing the need for thorough verification to avoid any errors, especially given the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Prasit emphasized the foundation’s commitment to building trust among villagers and tourists alike. They strive to provide round-the-clock services and have also established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pattaya City to further enhance their operations and cooperation.

Noah Gallix
Author: Noah Gallix


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