Recently, an investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed concerning safety issues surrounding the sport of parasailing. The NTSB found the entire parasailing industry to be almost entirely unregulated with serious accidents often caused by faulty equipment. Our Miami personal injury lawyers found that this report is the first of its kind published by the NTSB concerning parasailing. Investigations started as a result of the eight parasailing accidents that recently occurred, two of which were in Florida.
Christopher Hart, Acting Chairman of the NTSB, stated that something as simple as a worn harness, strong winds, and a weak towline could lead to serious accidents. As such, it is critical that operators are competent and aware of all the risks associated with parasailing. Unfortunately, absent any regulation as to the training of operators or inspection of equipment, the risk for accidents continues to exist.
Based on its troubling findings as to a lack of regulation and minimum standards for operators and equipment, the NTSB has recommended that the United States Coast Guard require a special license for parasail operators. The NTSB also announced five other recommendations to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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