This is the horrifying moment an Australian company director falls to his death while PARASAILING.
Roger Hussey, 70, had gone up on the water sports attraction on Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand, this afternoon at around 2pm local time.
But within moments he plunged more than 100ft into the shallow water below as dozens of people watched.
Emergency services rushed Roger to the Patong Hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The boat operator and the staff member on the parasail were 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 parasilor Rungroj Rakscheep, 38, and Montien Chandeng, 45, the boat captain.
They reportedly told police that Roger accidentally pulled on a hook which unstrapped his harness. This caused him to fall to the sea below.
Officers said Roger had ”red marks on his body’’ from when he is believed to have hit the water.
Roger’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.
He had been on holiday with his Thai wife Budsabong Thongsangka. They had arrived on July 1, and visited Chiang Mai before arriving in the south.
Backgroud of Roger Hussey
Roger was a successful and well-known company direct. He graduated with a masters degree from the University of Oxford in 1971 after finishing law school in Australia.
Roger hen established Century Holdings Ltd, ”an ASX-listed industrial company (Chair and CEO) which grew from start-up to $250 million in Group revenue in Australia and Asia’’, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The profile describes him as currently serving on a string of boards of high profile companies including Boards of Landgate WA (Deputy Chair), WA Neuroscience Research Institute (Chair) and Bali Eye Foundation.
It adds: ”He has also Chaired many other Government and community bodies, such as Southern Ports Authority, Princess Margaret Hospital, PMH Child Health Research Institute (now Telethon Kids Institute), Agwest Trade Development, and TAB (WA).’’
Roger had also written a number of books on business and management.