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One Killed in Tragic Parasailing Accident in Key West, Florida (FL)


July 28, 2020

KEY WEST, FL- Foxcarolina.com writes that a man died in a parasailing incident in Key West this week. The accident also left a woman with severe injuries. The female victim was transported to the hospital via airlift following the accident.*

The victims were on the water during what a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife department called “harsh weather.” The pair of tourists were being lifted when they then fell into the water sustaining severe injuries. 

One of the victims, identified as a 36-year-old man, was declared dead at the Lower Keys Medical Center shortly after the incident. The 28-year-o0ld female victim was flown to the Jackson Hospital in Miami-Dade. Reports did not include the woman’s condition. 

The man killed in the incident was from Costa Rica, and the injured woman is from Texas. 

There were thunderstorms in the area on the day of the accident, but the impact of those storms on the incident is not yet clear. 

A recent investigative report found that parasailing operations are not well-regulated in the country. Accidents that take place while people are engaged in this activity are often the result of damaged or faulty equipment. Also, these operations are not required to stop when the weather is not suitable for parasailing. 

The report explained that a weak towline or unexpected gust of wind could easily lead to tragedy when people are soaring 500 feet in the air. The study included an analysis of incidents in Hawaii, Florida, and the United States Virgin Islands. The risks of such accidents could be greatly reduced if operators and companies were required to meet some level of safety standard, training, or licensing. 

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended multiple safety improvements that the industry should be required to comply with to prevent future tragedies. 

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Sources:

https://www.foxcarolina.com/parasailing-accident-in-key-west-leaves-one-dead-another-severely-injured/article_359a42b2-69df-50a7-8297-22fa9b9c60f5.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2014/07/20/parasailing-lack-of-regulation-inadequate-training-and-faulty-equipment-cause-serious-accidents-a-new-report-finds/#4a749e6c75b3


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