Update: Fatal Florida Parasailing Accident Under Investigation

by Carmen Dellutri on September 21, 2012

Florida parasailing accidentState and federal officials are still investigating the cause of a tragic Florida parasailing accident. As we previously discussed on this Florida personal injury blog, a Connecticut woman tragically lost her life when the harness broke and she fell approximately 200 feet in the ocean in August.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the National Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate and officials are looking closely at whether an equipment malfunction occurred. “We plan to do an in-water test of the hydraulic winch, the system used to deploy and recover the flight gear," according to Larry D. Bowling, an NTSB senior marine investigator.

If problems are detected with the winch, investigators would "tear the winch down and perform a more in-depth evaluation of it," Bowling said. Officials will also test other system components, including the riser, canopy, harnesses and tandem bar. It is part of NTSB's "normal process to eliminate all potential causes of the accident," Bowling said.

Bowling also indicated that interviews have already been conducted with the victim’s husband, the parasailing company's owner, and the vessel's operator. If the investigation concludes that the parasailing company was in any way responsible for the accident, the victim’s family could file a wrongful death action.

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 Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

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