Monday 25 September 2017

Prominent businessman dies in parasailing accident in Thailand

Water sports such as parasailing are popular in tourist destinations like Phuket, but safety measures are not always strictly enforced
Water sports such as parasailing are popular in tourist destinations like Phuket, but safety measures are not always strictly enforced

A prominent Australian businessman has fallen 230ft to his death while parasailing in southern Thailand.

Roger John Hussey was briefly conscious when medics reached him, but he died shortly afterwards in hospital, police in Phuket said.

Lieutenant Colonel Pichai Songmuang said t he parasailing operator and the boat driver have been charged with negligence causing death.

Mr Hussey's wife, Boosabong Tongsanga, said he had been watching people parasail for days before he decided to do it.

"We thought it was safe," said Ms Tongsanga, who was watching from the beach as her husband fell into shallow water.

Video on social media shows the accident, along with earlier footage of a smiling Mr Hussey being helped into a harness and life jacket on the beach.

Water sports such as parasailing are popular in tourist destinations like Phuket, but safety measures are not always strictly enforced.

Mr Hussey was chief executive of an investment company and served on the boards of several government and community bodies including as deputy chairman of Landgate, Western Australia state's land information authority.

In a written statement, Landgate said Mr Hussey was intelligent and energetic.

"He served the West Australian community in many ways - as a businessman, board member and advocate for a variety of community causes."

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