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Australian man, 70, dies after Phuket parasail accident

Australian man, 70, dies after Phuket parasail accident

PHUKET: A 70-year-old Australian man died today after falling into the sea during a parasail ride at Kata Beach.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 05:55PM

Police question the parasail operators at Karon Police Station: Photo: Karon Police

Police question the parasail operators at Karon Police Station: Photo: Karon Police

The Narenthorn EMS Centre stationed at Vachira Phuket Hospital received a report from lifeguards stationed at Kata Beach at about midday today (July 12) stating that a foreigner had sustained injuries after falling from a parasail.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a foreigner man lying on the beach. He was taken to Patong Hospital where a doctor and a medical team tried to assist him but he was later pronounced dead.

Capt Weerayuth Phanyasirisukworakul of the Patong Police arrived at Patong Hospital and said, “We found several red marks the man’s body. It is believed these marks were from when the body hit the water.

“However, it has not yet been confirmed what caused his death,” Capt Weerayuth added.


Police have yet to decide whether to press any charges against those involved in the incident, Lt Suwisit Keereerak of the Karon Police also confirmed.

“We are continuing our investigation,” he said.

The Australian Consulate-General in Phuket has been been notified of the incident.

The Phuket News is withholding the man’s names until it has been confirmed his family have been notified.

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Christy Sweet | 15 July 2017 - 10:20:35

Looking at the video of this fall, it appears to me the man is not reacting in any way that I would in the same situation-as in flailing arms, etc. He seems too calm, even rigid. Can we really dismiss the possibility this was a suicide? 

Jor12 | 14 July 2017 - 19:09:51

Paully44... I have not defended the "Scum" as you wrongly suggest, merely agreeing with ematt when he states.."No details yet as to what caused the accident, and PN lynch mob has already pronounced both verdict and sentence."

The buck may stop at the operator as you state, but it may reduce it to small change, if the deceased was blameworthy or that his death was not caused ...

Pauly44 | 14 July 2017 - 09:59:46

Agree with some of your post benny99 but the buck stops with the operator, I\'ve been involved with Thailand long enough to be able to read between the lines & understand what goes on, take a look at the picture of the 2 chaps, it speaks volumes.

benny99 | 14 July 2017 - 04:26:34

I'm sure these guys never intended for anyone to get killed, they're just out trying to make some bucks. Accidents comes in all things and activties...it's also your responsbility to know what's potentially risky. Even just riding a scooter bike around or just crossing the streets can be risky.  So think ahead and take precautions for youself, don't depend on others that's ...

benny99 | 14 July 2017 - 04:09:18

...it's true Phuket authorities needs to constantly improve safety for everyone but these tourists, especially the really old ones who are 60 in ages and over need to use common sense and look after themselves better.  Nobody is going to baby sit them 24/7 to prevent them from having accidents and dying if they risk doing potentially dangerous activities.  Parasailing is potentially dangerous,...

MartinK | 14 July 2017 - 03:01:13

Ematt, BenP, Jor12 - whilst normally I would concur about the lynch mob they are on point with this one. The operator has no license to operate, proper safety and instruction is clearly not carried out by these fellows and unfortunately the time to squawk is NOW!. Long-termers well know that while today this is in the headlines tomorrow it will disappear like the bunjee jumping site that was unlic...

Pauly44 | 13 July 2017 - 19:51:30

Read the story Jor 12 and eat your words! Bizarre conclusion I would say is bang on, they've been charged with recklessness causing death and yet you continue to defend these scum as always your comments are wrong.

BenPendejo | 13 July 2017 - 18:02:29

I also agree with ematt... what is missing and is needed immediately is a crew with pitchforks and torches...and that is probably more likely to happen than the police and/or Marine Office showing up to do anything.  It has been years and many deaths and injuries...and nothing is ever done...NOTHING!.  And the body language of the accused boat/parasail operators shown above shouts loudly.  They lo...

Jor12 | 13 July 2017 - 17:55:19

Paully44...it is you and the other PN lynch mob to which ematt refers. For starters, how do you arrive at your bizzare conclusion that is was "operator / instructor error." Ematt - like others - 
have not made any conclusions at all as you wrongly state, only the PN lynch mob. The rest of your comments are also baseless.

Pauly44 | 13 July 2017 - 12:21:42

Well ematt at the end of the day he was in "their" hands with regards to safety and what else could it possibly be other than operator / instructor error or poorly maintained equipment?? Please enlighten us with your excuses! Does nobody understand the attitude these people have towards foreigners is they simply don't care about them, they are all just a money machine for Thai people...

Nasa12 | 13 July 2017 - 10:25:24

yvonne@ I am 110 % agree whit you, but if the are Karon Police Station some  Investigation this very very bad case, then a don`t now. It`s about only money on this Station belive me.

And Phuket police have charged the boat operator and his parasailing sidekick with negligence after the death of a 71 year old Australian tourist yesterday.
Roger John Hussey plummeted to the sea just off Kata ...

ematt | 13 July 2017 - 10:01:26

Amazing. No details yet as to what caused the accident, and PN lynch mob has already pronounced both verdict and sentence. Only things missing are torches and pitchforks.

Nasa12 | 13 July 2017 - 08:06:32

There are some body here in Phuket some have a very very big pockets that will not stop this madness with Jet-Ski and Parasailing in Phuket.

How many accidents have the been the last 3 years  BIG "Dead" and small accidents + people who have been driven over by these trolleys to Jet Skia on the beach Mr Col Santi Sakuntanark, This It is your responsibility to knowing.

Nasa12 | 13 July 2017 - 07:26:17

Mr Col Santi Sakuntanark you have more dead tourists on your back, how many more kilo dead meat you ned to close this madness in Phuket whit Jet- Ski and Parasailing ?.

I remember you say in the News “If jet-ski operators do not follow our request and cause problems they will not be on the beach anymore,” Mr Surat added.

So we waiting you clean the beaches today and baan all jet-Ski and ...

yvonne | 13 July 2017 - 04:46:21

I hope a full Investigation request is lodged by the family against the Operators and their QUALIFICATIONS for granting of their Licenses to operate, the qualifications of EACH Staff member they employed from  the boat up to  each one of them those involved getting this Passenger into up to and into the air , their  qualifications,those that issued their 
licences, the THAI TAT and Tourism and GO...

CaptainJack69 | 13 July 2017 - 03:10:39

Well, it's not murder. It's either negligent homicide, manslaughter, death by misadventure or suicide. Since the deceased had a reasonable expectation of safety precautions and presumably didn't intentionally release the harness himself I think it's safe to say the last 2 can be ruled out. Both the remaining options are serious criminal offences and someone NEEDS to be charged....

Aleksi | 12 July 2017 - 23:28:39

I fully agree with Simon. This was again useless accident caused  by an  amateur running something that they should not. Driving around Phuket is dangerous but this type of activity should be stopped innediately. They just kept going after the accident like nothing happened?!? 

My deepest  condolences to mans family 

Discover Thainess | 12 July 2017 - 23:01:34

Agree totally with @Simon01; I would go even further and have them out on a pontoon (maybe out in the middle of Patong Bay for example, so the skis and boats never have to come anywhere near swimmers. Customers can be transported out from the jetty at the south end of the beach. This will be far safer than having them dodging in amongst swimmers and other beach users. Come on authorities, take cha...

BenPendejo | 12 July 2017 - 19:07:09

Chalk up another vacation tragedy...come to Phuket on holiday, go home in a box.  All at the hands of these untrained and uneducated fools.  This comes on the heels of another parasailing boat that almost killed two tourists at Karon after dragging them in the water, then to have the boat get caught in the waves and flipped bow over stern...and not one word about it in the press.  I'm with Sim...

simon01 | 12 July 2017 - 18:16:27

Not sure whether to press charges??? Dont tell me they are going to say the man undid the harness and jumped? They are guilty of running an unsafe dangerous activity with no training at all and no safety measures. These scum are the worst possible image for phuket along side the terrible driving on the roads. These guys need to have international qualifications to drive the boat and qualified inst...


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