Parasail Operator Behind Death of Aussie Was Unlicenced

A screenshot from video shows the moment an Australian man fell to his death from a parasail on Phuket’s Kata Beach.

PHUKET — Police on Thursday said operators of the service used by an Australian tourist who died after falling from a parasail on Wednesday were not officially certified.

Boat operator Montien Chandaeng and staff Rungroj Rakcheep were charged with recklessness leading to death and illegally operating a commercial parasail service following an incident in which a 70-year-old Australian man was killed after falling from 70 meters from a parasail.

The man died on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after being taken to Patong Hospital. His identity is being withheld until his next of kin are notified.

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The Australian tourist, who arrived with his Thai girlfriend, contacted the parasailing service at about noon, Rungroj told Lt. Suwisit Keereerak of Karon Police. Rungroj – who was on the parasail with the man – said the Australian national pulled on a hook which unstrapped his harness instead of a rope to which he had to hold on.


If convicted, both men face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, or a fine of 20,000 baht, or both.

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