Phuket moves to better control parasailing after tourist dies
PHUKET’S governor rushed to better control parasailing after an Australian tourist who fell into the sea and got badly injured died yesterday, Thai News Agency said today (July 13).
Nornphat Plodthong, Phuket’s governor, temporarily stopped parasailing service across the island and called the operators and concerned government agencies for talks after the 71-year-old Australian tourist fell while parasailing at Kata beach and died in the hospital.
Mr Nornphat said measures to more stringently control parasailing have not yet been worked out because this recreational activity neither comes under sports laws nor is it a plaything that has to be authorized by the Public Works Department.
However the parasail boats are under the control of Phuket Marine Office and while the one involved in this accident is properly registered, this does not cover the parasailing gear.
Top: A tourist parasailing in Phuket at sunset. Photo: Phuket@photographer.net (CC-BY-2.0)