Prominent businessman dies in parasailing accident in Thailand

Perth businessman Roger Hussey

Perth businessman Roger Hussey

A dire safety record has not deterred travellers from going to Thailand ― AFP picBANGKOK, July 13 - Two Thai men have been charged after an Australian tourist plunged to his death while parasailing in the tourist island of Phuket, the latest tragedy to highlight the kingdom's dismal safety record. Images via screen-shot.

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.

Roger John Hussey, 71, was holidaying with his wife Budsabong Thongsangka, when the accident happened.

The horrifying footage shows Hussey jettisoned into the air, slipping a short time later.

The parasail operators have been interviewed by police and charged with recklessness causing death. This caused him to fall to the sea below.

It's unclear exactly what went wrong during Mr Hussey's parasail, but local police say they're investigating whether Mr Hussey accidentally unclipped himself from the harness shortly after taking off.

The couple had been holidaying in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai before traveling to Phuket.

Mr Hussey and his wife were scheduled to return back to Australia later this week.

Beyond business, Hussey had held the position of chairman of various government and community bodies, such as Princess Margaret Children's Hospital, Telethon Child Health Research Institute, AgWest Development, TAB (WA) and Bali Eye Foundation.

He later also studied at the renowned Stanford University in California, United States.

He was also the founder and CEO of Century Holdings Ltd, a company that he claims was worth upwards of $250 million.

Police on Thursday said operators of the service used by an Australian tourist who died after falling from a parasail on Wednesday were not officially certified.

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