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Chinese tourist survives fall after Patong Beach parasail tree tangle

PHUKET: A 62-year-old Chinese tourist escaped with only bruises after he fell metres from a parasail onto Patong Beach today (Sept 19).

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 06:17PM

The 62-year-old Chinese tourist Zhao Jiangying, from Hebei, recovers at Patong Hospital. Photo: Tourist Police
The 62-year-old Chinese tourist Zhao Jiangying, from Hebei, recovers at Patong Hospital. Photo: Tourist Police

Chinese national Zhao Jiangying, from Hebei, was taken to Patong Hospital at about 10am after the parasail carrying him became tangled with a pine tree, Tourist Police confirmed to The Phuket News this afternoon.

“He was taken to Patong Hospital. Medical staff did not found any broken bones. Apparently the man suffered only a bruise on his hip,” one Tourist Police officer explained.

Police questioned the speedboat driver, Wason Klabdee, 24, who was towing the tourist and the parasail into the air.

“While Mr Zhao was on the parasail, the parachute became caught up with a pine tree and he fell down onto the sand.” one Tourist Police officer explained.

The safety incident follows Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup earlier this month calling for health forms to be completed before allowing any persons to take parasail rides at Phuket’s most-popular tourist beach.

That call came as the Patong Parasail Club, representing all parasail operators on Patong Beach, submitted its version of self-imposed safety guidelines for all parasail operators in Patong to follow. (See story here.)

The operators agreed to draft a list of guidelines after the news of a Chinese tourist allowing his infant daughter to be lifted screaming into the sky on a parasail ride at Patong made international headlines on Aug 16. (See story here.)

That scare followed the death of 70-year-old Australian tourist Roger Hussey in a 70-metre fall at Kata Beach in July making international headlines and prompting a full safety review of all parasail operators on the island. (See story here.)



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vegasbaby | 20 September 2017 - 16:37:15

At least he was not run over by a jet ski or attacked by a Tuk-Tuk driver on the way to the hospital.

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Sue Yu2 | 20 September 2017 - 13:44:31

No-one is responsible. Surely you know that by now.

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Kurt | 20 September 2017 - 08:08:18

The self-imposed safety guidelines for all parasail are clearly not operational/in use yet.
Not surprised, the Patong Parasail Club didn't say WHEN they would start operating according the guidelines, only submitted.

We get it?

Perhaps the Patong Mayor can shine a light over this?
Afterall the Patong Parasail Club is a member of Mayor's ..."in Patong we all know each other club"...
And by the way: There was a talk about health forms for tourists, but how about a health form + certificate of competence for these parasail speedboat drivers?

For a tourist not much different, to be pulled into trees, with or without health form, if you end up in Patong hospital due to action of the speedboat driver.
Of course, the Patong parasail Club does pay mr Zhao's medical expenses, yes?
Tourist Mr Zhao was lucky, with a angel on his shoulder, but this counts too for the tourists laying on their towel below mr Zhao's tree fall..

Are Patong or Marine Office responsible authorities continue to refuse to take safety actions about this out of control parasailing ?
For the sake of safe Patong beach tourism.
Now tourists are not safe at the beach of Patong, not in the air, and not on the ground.
Who is responsible for safe beach tourism in Patong? There must be someone.

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Discover Thainess | 19 September 2017 - 21:02:31

Good to see that all the new safety measures are in place and working well. Glad to see they didn't just pay lip service and carry on as before. Oh...... hang on ......

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