Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Horrific video shows man plunging to death while parasailing in Thailand

Horrific video shows man plunging to death while parasailing in Thailand

Parasailing is popular with tourists in Phuket, where up to 20,000 Australians visit each month.

The incident happened at Kata Beach, 860 kilometers south from Bangkok, Wednesday.

But just moments after being lifted up into the air, the 70-year-old fell more than 100 feet into the shallows below, as his wife and dozens of horrified beachgoers watched on helplessly from the shore.

Hussey's wife Budsabong Thongsangka filmed the incident from when Hussey had his harness fitted on the beach to when he landed in the ocean. He had only been in the air for a few seconds when he seems to come loose, plunging about 30 metres into the sea. The police said that they were preparing charges against the parasailing business owner.

According to reports, the Thai police have charged the boat operator with reckless driving causing death, while another man is under investigation.

The two staff were named as the parasailor Rungroj Rakscheep, 38, and Montien Chandeng, 45, the boat captain. The local media reported that Hussey had accidentally pulled on a hook that unstrapped his harness after confusing the ropes on his parasail.

Mr Hussey, 71, was based in Perth and was on the board of numerous companies and not-for profits, including Landgate WA, WA Neuroscience Research Institute and the Bali Eye Foundation.

Mr Hussey's body was sent for a post-mortem examination to establish how he died as it is not known if he drowned or was killed by the impact.

Hussey and his wife had been holidaying in Chiang Mai before visiting Phuket and were due to return to Australia today. According to his Facebook account, he was self-employed and had studied at the University of Western Australian, Oxford University and Stanford University.

Smart Traveller, the official travel advice from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), warns Australians to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Thailand.

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