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Death of Australian man parasailing in Phuket - two Thai men charged with negligence

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Are those smirks on the faces of the arrested operators? The little sh*ts

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1 hour ago, craigt3365 said:

How about arresting the Thai officials who allowed these guys to operate?  Seems like a failure due to the Thai authorities negligence???

very true, still I have been told by many Thais that most boats and skies are owned by cops

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Daily News reported that the equipment was faulty and that the necessary certification to operate such a business was not in order.

 

No sh*t sherlock!!!  I never would have guessed..... 

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totally lost why was the thai guy in yellow shirt going up with him......??   if they were not licensed and insured hope there is hefty jail time coming

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I see Kata beach is a bit different to when I was last there in 1978 and not in a good way

 

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not everything was  bad luck.....there was also good luck ,

(you know : no ying without a yang)

the good luck was that the poor man did not fall upon a swimmer 

in the shallow water , the boat did not drive over a swimmer nor a jet-ski,.......

and .....if the giggling lady witch he  talked to, becomes a millionaire now .......

 

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In fairness, most of us clearly are aware of the potential dangers of going on such rides in Thailand, knowing the clearly inadequate health and safety executive that has plagued the country for decades. There has been enough tragedy in Thailand for us to make a conscious choice on whether we should even contemplate taking such a ride, and we must therefore accept the consequences. 

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Would have probably been put down to suicide without the video.

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1 minute ago, the guest said:

In fairness, most of us clearly are aware of the potential dangers of going on such rides in Thailand, knowing the clearly inadequate health and safety executive that has plagued the country for decades. There has been enough tragedy in Thailand for us to make a conscious choice on whether we should even contemplate taking such a ride, and we must therefore accept the consequences. 

If this is your first time in Thailand and you don't read the blogs. Why would you know

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3 hours ago, Spellforce said:

There is a 2nd mistake: why the thai man behind the australian was not attached ?

We can see on the video that he's trying to save the passenger ... with one hand ?

I've been up on one of these para sails, albeit a few years ago when I was a bit more adventurous.
The second guy is not strapped in, he is free to run behind you as you lift off, then maneuvers above you within the parachute lines where he takes control of direction as the video shows.
The harness that holds the man is attached usually at two points across the chest and stomach and is not released by a single hook.

It either broke or was not attached properly in the first place.
The reason he had only one hand free to try to help the guy was the other hand was holding himself in place.

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Is anybody ever checking licenses? Safety procedures don't exist in Thailand I know but how can

these people get away with operating this business for so long.

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You can't tell Thais anything about safety they know everything TIT

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the moment of take off ,a Thai men shouted that something was wrong , he makes a gesture with his arms ,

but it was too late they were airborne ,seconds later the victim slides out of his harness..........

If you watch the other video , you can see the complete "strap-in" (seems ok) and the take off.

The Thai flies with the passenger ,and is unstrapped , just flaps his legs around the lines and does the steering.

He has to steer the parachute close to the shore when the wind direction is not ideal.(if not the parachute will land in deep water away from the shore)

 

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May the Aussie rest in peace. Hopefully he completed his bucket list. 

 

I was surprised it was not considered suicide. 

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9 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

Finally some truth to my theory of negligence on faulty equipment and not what I previously read, i.e. that the deceased pulled the hook which releases you.

 

So now what, a 500 baht fine each and 2 day suspension from going up again, more than likely IMO.

 

RIP to the digger, got to feel for his family, a holiday gone tragically wrong because of the relaxed regulations and laws, again IMO, in the Land of Smiles.

 

I also suspect that if he had any life insurance, they will be looking for an exit clause due to going up in the chute, hope that's not the case as that would just compound things for his widow and family.

I doubt Life Insurance would cover this - however my travel insurance covers both parasailing and parascending over water. Whether this gentleman had such insurance is obviously unknown by us.

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