Florida Parasail Accident Leads to Coast Guard Safety Alert

by Carmen Dellutri on August 29, 2013

Naples personal injury attorneyWhile the Coast Guard does not currently regulate parasailing operations, it recently issued a safety alert to parasailing operators. The warning follows the tragic parasail accident that occurred off Panama City Beach in July.

As we previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, Indiana teens Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild were hundreds of feet in the air when their parasail broke loose from the boat, and they slammed into the side of a condominium building. The teens both suffered serious injuries.

There have been 33 parasailing accidents in the state since 1998. Six resulted in fatalities.

"The Coast Guard expects licensed mariners to follow all regulations regarding safe vessel operations and has an expectation of parasail operators to follow established standards," said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, assistant commandant for prevention policy.

"Parasail operators must evaluate and consider all safety risks before getting underway, including weather conditions and condition and maintenance of equipment, in order to ensure safe parasailing activities. In the future, we expect the parasailing industry and related industry associations to share best practices and develop operational standards to maximize safety and prevent marine casualties."

The “Know Your Ropes” Alert is intended to remind operators of the important safety issues that may help prevent future incidents. The Coast Guard advises operators to:

  • Remember that most parasailing fatalities and injuries are related to the towline.
  • Observe and monitor weather conditions.
  • Prepare for emergencies by having documented procedures and crew training.
  • Ensure that all equipment is properly maintained.
  • Safety is up to the operator and is expected to provide adequate level of safe operations.

As Cape Coral injury lawyers, we are hopeful that the Coast Guard’s alert and other parasailing safety initiatives being considered in the wake of the most recent accident will make a difference. In the meantime, we encourage our readers to seriously consider the risks.

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

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

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