Perth man falls to his death in Thai parasailing accident

WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: A Western Australian businessman has fallen to his death in a parasailing accident in Phuket, Thailand.

Horrifying footage shows Roger John Hussey smile at his wife as his instructor tightens the safety harness on Kata beach.

The 71-year-old makes his way to the water as the parachute lifts him off the ground.

As he and the instructor reach maximum height, Mr Hussey can be seen struggling from a distance before he plunges more than 30 metres into the water.

Roger John Hussey smiled at his wife while his instructor tightened his harness. Source: 7 News
The 71-year-old could be seen struggling before he came detached from his harness. Source: Viral Press

Beachgoers can be heard screaming as others rush to bring Mr Hussey ashore.

He was reportedly having difficulty breathing and died a short time later in Patong Hospital.

The boat operator and the staff member on the parasail were arrested and are have reportedly been charged with recklessness leading to death.

Emergency services rushed Mr Hussey to the Patong Hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Source: Viral Press

Mr Hussey and his Thai wife were 12 days into their dream holiday and were due to return to Australia on Friday.

Based in Perth, Mr Hussey was on the board of the WA Neuroscience Research Institute and the Bali Eye Foundation.

His body has been sent to the coroner to determine whether his death was caused by the impact of the fall or drowning.