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Aussie Man Falls To Death From Parasail On Phuket Beach


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12 hours ago, Dave67 said:

They need Safety Health In Thailand or SHIT as they are known as to look at it

First of all RIP old timer.

 

Safety and Thailand are 2 words that do not match here, unfortunately. 

 

Safety Health In Thailand Explained or <deleted>..............They really are a danger to themselves, but this is truly a sad event. RIP

 

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A proper Parasailing harness does NOT have any clips that could easily be undone. It might have big dog clips as on a skydiving harness or a pilots chute, but these are around the legs and are impossible to undo when in the air.  All connections are under load and will not come undone.  It is obvious that the leg straps were not done up.  A good harness would also have a chest strap. Bet his one didnt.

 

I have just read the Daily Express and there are photos of him taken by his wife and the harness is done up and there is a chest strap,. However the harness looks like it must be 30 years old ! Should have been thrown away years ago. No safety requirements or checks on equipment.  

 

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11 hours ago, Cashboy said:

Why did they not tighten the lower straps?

Have a look at 1:30 min

When I saw this video, I though to myself, this guy is even strapped in correctly. The harness just didn't look like it was enough, and no strapping between his legs, really???

 

What a joke this system is. No safety standards whatsoever.

 

These guys will probably be up and running again within he week.

 

RIP to this man, and condolences to his family

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10 hours ago, Sheryl said:

The worst part is seeing how happy he looks just before take off.

 

I don't think his age had the least to do with it (and he looks a pretty fit man). From the video on the Bangkok post website it is abundantly clear that something went wrong in strapping him in. The man who was fitting his harness gets pulled up into the air with him, apparently before he was through. He then sort of climbs up the ropes above the man and it looks like he briefly is hanging on to the man with his bare hands.

 

Looks to me like the take off was premature and he wasn't fully strapped in yet.

 

And from the description of how he died, sounds like he sustained a spinal cord or head injury, likely the former.

 

I agree likely something wrong with the strapping.

I have done this before on the same beach around 1 year plus ago. Maybe the same people but not sure on that. All the "customer" need do is hang on tightly.

I recall hurt my hands a little after finishing as I kept my grip very strong.

It is for the guide atop the customer to maneuver the sail going up and coming down.

I will not be trying it again.... 

So sorry for the deceased and his family....

 

 

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Ever since doing some hastily trained for parachute drops in Australia, I have a natural distrust of this excitement technology. Everyone was so jazzed at the whole thing and I was thinking why are people so happy, I had only just "grasped" the emergency procedures and I was the most together of about 10 people. Six months later they "bounced" a student. To death. 

It can happen anywhere. He obviously wasn't trained properly. This should be a general warning to others, PARTICULARLY in places like Thailand. Take a look at the people "selling" the rides and make a choice. Anyway, I'm also 70  and I was contemplating doing some of this, but you have to choose your venue with care. 

And by the way to those a. holes who scoff at "us" septuagenarians having fun, I can swim two lengths of a 30 meter pool underwater on one breath hold and surf 8-10 foot waves on a short board so think again about "old" age. 

Something else is also possible in Asia that keeps me young besides tai chi and yoga, but I won't go into that. 5555555

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Terrible... personally I stopped all potentially dangerous activities at 50 (water rafting, jet skis etc.). My memory isn't what it was and i do get confused sometimes so at 70+?  I'm sorry but no way should he have been doing that  RiP  and if it had to happen I wish it was quicker for him as I understand he survived at first?

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13 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

They have a strap you can pull to drop to your death? What could go wrong?

Sympathies to the relatives, this shouldn't happen.

surely they could devise a better system; perhaps two straps that must be pulled simultaneously

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My guess is not a design flaw but he wasn't fastened in properly from the get go..easy to blame the deceased for an error...expert witnesses would unravel this if an operator cover up...

 

why are you guys buying what the operator says is fact? Needs an independent investigation not involving police nor tourism industry ...

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18 minutes ago, cardinalblue said:

My guess is not a design flaw but he wasn't fastened in properly from the get go..easy to blame the deceased for an error...expert witnesses would unravel this if an operator cover up...

 

why are you guys buying what the operator says is fact? Needs an independent investigation not involving police nor tourism industry ...

All there captured on video. It looks like he wasn't strapped in correctly or sufficiently.

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13 hours ago, LivinginKata said:

Is there not any age.limit on these potential death traps. In one way I admire the adventure of the 70 year old. Is it wise ... no

When was the last parasailing death in Thailand?

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