Aussie Man Tragically Killed During Parasailing Accident In Thailand

  • Aussie Man Tragically Killed During Parasailing Accident In Thailand

Aussie Man Tragically Killed During Parasailing Accident In Thailand

A businessman from Australia fell 70 metres (230 feet) to his death while parasailing in southern Thailand, police said on Thursday.

The incident happened at Kata Beach, 860 kilometers south from Bangkok, Wednesday. The horrific incident was filmed by his wife standing on the shore. He fell into shallow waters on the beach after the harness attaching him to the parasailing instructor appeared to fail. Shortly after that the video captures Mr Hussey's arms outstretched and he nearly immediately plummets into the sea about 30 metres (about 100ft) below. Lt. Col. Suwisit Keereerak, Deputy Chief Inspector of Karon Police Station, said they are investigating the accident.

The parasailing operator and the boat driver have been charged with negligence causing death, which must be done. Also charged was parasilor Rungroj Rakscheep, 38.

A video of the flight posted on Facebook showed Mr Hussey being strapped into safety gear on the beach, but that straps between his legs were left undone. This caused him to fall to the sea below.

Mr Hussey was well-known in WA business circles, and was on a number of boards including Princess Margaret Hospital, the Telethon Institute, The Perron Institute, Landgate and not for profit aged care provider Bethanie.

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 from the impact.

The couple had been in a relationship for about two years and had gone to Thailand on a "dream holiday", much like Mr Hussey and Ms Thongsangka.

According to his social media accounts, Mr Hussey was educated at the prestigious Oxford University where he completed a Masters' degree in Economics and Politics.

He then established Century Holdings Ltd, "an ASX-listed industrial company (Chair and CEO) which grew from start-up to $250million in Group revenue in Australia and Asia", according to his LinkedIn profile.