Parasail operators returned to Kata Beach on Wednesday after they passed mandatory safety checks carried out by the Royal Thai Army on Monday.
A mandatory safety review which saw all parasail rides being suspended in the area was ordered by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong following the tragic death of Australian tourist Roger Hussey at Kata Beach last Wednesday.
Videos surfaced online showing the 71-year-old fall roughly 70 meters into shallow water after his harness somehow became unclipped, the owner of the speedboat and the man who went up on the parasail with him have both been charged with recklessness causing death.
Following the mandatory checks Maj Prasert Saythongtae, Royal Army Region 4 based in Nakhon Sri Thammarat told the media that two parasail operators did not pass the safety inspections, one in Karon and one in Patong.
Maj Prasert opted not to name the operators saying he had yet to file his report and more information would be available at a later date.
He said following a safety review on Monday he made it clear all parasails should use harness clips that have cloth fasteners so that the clips cannot be opened simply by pressing the latches.
He said that all operators must use clips that are guaranteed by the manufacturer for a minimum of six months and all equipment must undergo a full inspection every six months, and he would like the army perform regular safety inspections.
Source : Thephuketnews
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