Oh dear, an tourist from Perth met a tragic accident on Wednesday (12th July) when he and his wife were vacationing on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

The 71-year-old Aussie, named Roger Hussey, fell to his death after plunging 30m into the sea while parasailing. It is believed that the entire incident was recorded on video by his wife, Budsabong Thongsangka.

Aussie Tourist Parasailing
Source: YouTube Screenshot

The videoclip started with Hussey looking relax and smiling to the camera. A worker can be seen strapping Hussey into his safety gear. After making sure everything was secured and adding a life vest, the duo was then pulled up into the air. Seconds later, Hussey is seen falling helplessly into the ocean as the parasail wing was still climbing.


According to local media, Hussey had apparently confused the ropes on his parasail and accidentally yank a hook that unstrapped his harness. Although beachgoers at Kata beach rushed to his aid and managed to pull the Australian from the sea, he had difficulty breathing and passed away in the hospital.

The video is available here:


Police announced that the boat operator and driver Monthian Jandaeng has been charged with reckless driving causing death. The Aussie couple had been spending their holiday in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai before Phuket. They were scheduled to return to Perth on Friday (14th July).

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Sources: News via Lowyat Forum, ABC, SMH.

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