A foreign police volunteer – who asked not to be named “because I have to work with these guys” – witnessed the whole incident.
He told The Phuket News, “I was laying on the beach with some friends and looked up to see this guy take off. As usual, there was a little guy [from the parasailing operation] on his shoulders.
“He went into the air about six feet and then, for some unknown reason, he dipped down again and was towed under a jetski. His head was banged repeatedly against the jetski as the driver of the boat kept trying to go forwards. The little guy dived off.”
Eventually the driver of the boat realised something was amiss, and the police volunteer and others rushed in to rescue the Russian who, by this time, was unconscious.
“He was out of it for 15-20 minutes,” the police volunteer said.
A doctor on holiday joined the rescuers, and kept the victim’s head and back straight until an ambulance arrived, and the victim was put on a backboard and taken to Patong Hospital.
The hospital today said they knew about the incident but refused to release the injured man’s name or any other information.
However, The Phuket News understands that the victim had cuts and bruises on his head but otherwise suffered no serious injuries.
The police volunteer said jetski operators gave their opinion of the cause of the incident: “He didn’t run fast enough.” The incident has not been reported to the police.
This is the second potentially deadly incident involved parasailing in Phuket in 12 days. On December 31, at Kata Beach, American tourist Marium Saleem was almost strangled by the parasailing harness she was wearing and blacked out twice.