Australian businessman plunges to death on holiday in Thailand

The Australian tourist plunged to his death while on holiday in Thailand.
The Australian tourist plunged to his death while on holiday in Thailand. Photo credit: Facebook

A prominent Australian businessman fell to his death while parasailing on holiday on the Thai island of Phuket.

The death of Roger John Hussey was captured by his wife who was filming from the beach when he plunged into the sea. Newshub has chosen not too publish the footage.

Just moments into the experience as Mr Hussey and the instructor were being lifted into the air, he fell more than 30 metres as beachgoers watched on.

Mr Hussey was rushed to nearby Patong Hospital as he was having difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

He was on day 12 of a dream holiday with his Thai-born wife Budsabong Thongsangka and was due to arrive back in Australia on Friday.

Mr Hussey was a decorated Western Australian businessman who also held numerous roles with not-for-profit organisations.

Lt. Col. Suwisit Keereerak, Deputy Chief Inspector of Karon Police Station, said they were now investigating the accident.

The two staff charged are parasailor Rungroj Rakscheep, 38, and boat captain, Montien Chandeng, 45.

According to police, the two men said Mr Hussey accidentally pulled on a hook that unstrapped the harness that led to his death.

Mr Hussey's body was sent for a post-mortem examination to determine whether he drowned or died from the impact of the fall.