NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB investigating deadly parasailing accident in Florida

August 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigator to Pompano Beach, Florida to investigate a fatal parasailing accident that occurred Wednesday, August 15.

At about 3:15 pm (EDT), a female passenger, parasailing in tandem with another individual, fell from her harness approximately 150-200 feet into water. The woman was fatally injured. The other passenger was unharmed. The parasailing trip was being operated by Waveblast Water Sports. The NTSB has investigated a number of parasailing accidents, and will examine the circumstances of this accident for any recurring safety issues.

NTSB investigator Larry Bowling will join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Coast Guard in investigating the accident.

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Keith Holloway



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.