Fatal Florida Parasailing Accident Highlights Dangers

by Carmen Dellutri on September 11, 2012

Florida child injury lawyerParasailing is a popular recreational activity here in South Florida. However, the number of serious accidents and fatalities in recent years have many of considering keeping our feet firmly planted in the sand.

Most recently, a Connecticut woman tragically lost her life when the harness broke and she fell approximately 200 feet in the ocean. While the parasailing accident is still under investigation, some are speculating that the equipment may have been defective.

As highlighted by the New York Times, the Florida parasailing accident has also renewed calls for parasailing regulations. While operators must have a valid boating license, inspections, training and specific safety devices are not required.

“There is nobody that regulates or restricts the industry at this time,” said Lamar Fisher, the mayor of Pompano Beach, where two people have died in parasailing accidents since 2007. “People who go up don’t think about safety issues and harnesses; they assume the equipment is safe and inspected and ready to go.”

With this in mind, it is important to keep these helpful tips in mind when preparing for your next parasailing excursion:

  • Ask how long the company has been in business.
  • The parasailing company you do business with should be licensed by both the state and city or county and exist in a well-established location.
  • The Parasail Safety Council recommends you ensure that the boat’s captain is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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