Two Thais have been charged for the death of a prominent Aussie businessman who plunged to his death while parasailing in the tourist island of Phuket in Thailand. A lapse in safety procedure by the operators is being seen as the tragic reason for the fatal accident.
People watched in horrific shock on Wednesday as 71-year-old Roger Hussey fell more than 30m into shallow waters on Kata beach after the harness attaching him to the parasailing instructor snapped and failed.
Hussey’s Thai national wife Budsabong Thongsangka was filming her husband’s activity at that time and was able to capture the tragic end to her beloved’s death. She uploaded the video online. The video also captured the initially bright and happy mood as a smiling Hussey prepared to go for his adventure that painfully proved to be his last.
Boat owner Montien Jandaeng, 45, and parachute attendant Rungroj Rakcheep, 38, are charged with negligence resulting in death of another person. Lieutenant Suwisit Keererak from Karon police station also said: “The equipment was not up to standard and the parachute attendant failed to tell his victim to hold the ropes in the correct position.
The police added that Hussey died in the hospital.
Tourism makes up for a healthy and crucial part of the Southeast Asian country but accidents involving tourists and travelers have been unfortunately common in Thailand due to lax and often weakly enforced safety regulations.
Hussey is well-known in business circles in Western Australia. He established Century Holdings, Ltd, an ASX-listed industrial company which grew from a start-upto $250 million in group revenue in Australia and Asia.