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Aussie victim blamed for his death by Thai parasailing men

The two Phuket men now in jail for the death of an Australian tourist say it was all his fault.

Seventy one year old Roger John Hussey plunged to his death just off Kata beach in an incident caught by his Thai wife on a tragic holiday video.

He survived the near 70 meter fall but died later in hospital. He was due to go back to Australia shortly after.

The boat operator Monthian Jandaeng and the parasailing navigator Rungroj Rakcheep who went up with Mr Hussey have laid the blame at the tourist’s door.

They said they had been operating for ten years without an accident.

According to Daily News Rungroj told Karon cops that he had checked the equipment in the morning and everything was fine. It was the tourist who let go then in trying to hold on again released himself.

Rungroj said that he tried to hold onto him but was unable to.

Both men have been jailed in Phuket and will face charges of negligence causing death.

Meanwhile Daily News reported that while three operators on the island had suspended operations, parasailing activities were continuing yesterday on Karon and Patong beaches.

The news media said that operators were taking more care and stepping up safety advice given to tourists.

There were still plenty of takers for the activity despite this week’s tragedy, they said.

Thai VisaDaily News



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