A prominent Australian businessman has plunged to his death while parasailing in Thailand, with his wife capturing footage of the horrifying fall from the beach below.
Roger John Hussey smiled for his wife, who filmed him as he stood on Kata Beach, in Phuket, and prepared to take part in the water sports activity on Wednesday.
From The Daily Mail
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.
Emergency services rushed Mr Hussey to the nearby Patong Hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Perth-based businessman and his Thai-born wife Budsabong Thongsangka were reportedly just 12 days into their dream holiday.
Mr Hussey has had a decorated career in the business industry, as the ‘CEO, director and chair of a range of Public, Government and NFP companies’.
In 1993 he was appointed as chairman of Australia’s biggest betting and gambling association, the TAB. He had also previously worked for international fuel giant Shell.
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 later also studied at the renowned Stanford University in California, United States.
In the wake of Mr Hussey’s death, the boat operator and staff member on the parasail were reportedly both arrested and charged with recklessness leading to death.
Lt. Col. Suwisit Keereerak, Deputy Chief Inspector of Karon Police Station, said they were now investigating the accident.
The two staff who were charged were named as the parasailor Rungroj Rakscheep, 38, and Montien Chandeng, 45, the boat captain.
They reportedly told police Mr Hussey accidentally pulled on a hook which led to him unstrapping his harness, causing him to fall to the sea below.
Officers said Mr Hussey had ‘red marks on his body’ from when he is believed to have hit the water.
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 shocking incident comes just months after another Australian tourist died on the same beach, while also taking part in water activities.
Emily Jayne Collie was pulled unconscious from the water after crashing her jet-ski into one her boyfriend was riding in early February, again on Kata Beach.
The 20-year-old was treated on the beach by lifeguards, before she was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. She died from severe injuries to her neck and shoulders.
Her boyfriend Tommy Keating, who was left in tears after the incident, said sunlight reflecting off the water had led to the crash.
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.