Investigators Still Searching For Clues in Deadly Pompano Beach Parasailing Accident

Posted on August 20, 2012

A 28-year-old Connecticut woman plummeted to her death while parasailing in Pompano Beach when the harness that attached her to the sail failed. The woman was riding tandem with her 31-year-old husband when she dropped some 200 feet into the ocean. After being rushed to Broward Health North, she was pronounced dead.

Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, the U.S Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are looking into the tragic accident, which once again has spurred lawmakers and government leaders to call for oversight of an industry that is virtually unregulated.

According to The Miami Herald, all you need to operate a parasailing business in Florida is a boat, insurance, a licensed boat captain, and some equipment. There are no federal or state laws that govern parasailing, no inspections, and no special training required for parasail operators. Experts suspect that either harness malfunction or operator error caused this deadly accident.

The Mayor of Pompano Beach said that he called for lawmakers to enact parasailing regulations after an accident took the life of a 15-year-old girl in 2007, but claims his efforts “fell on deaf ears.” One legislative insider blamed the dearth of any parasailing regulations on lawmakers connected to the tourism industry and on those who believe that any directives would be “too much government.”

Sadly, the victim had called her father the morning of the accident, expressing how excited she was to go on her first parasailing excursion. “It was the last time I spoke to her,” he told the Miami Herald.

The death of a family member is agonizing. The grief you feel can be compounded if you know that the death was caused by another’s negligence and could have been avoided. The Pompano Beach fatal boating accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have 25 years of experience helping people who have lost loved ones and don’t know where to turn. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to discuss your legal options today. We’re here to help.

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