A husband, whose wife died last summer off Pompano Beach after plummeting 200 feet when her parasailing harness failed, is suing several parties for her wrongful death.
It was an accident that called into question the lax regulations governing the parasailing industry in the state of Florida. When the wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville reported the incident last year, the only requirements for having a parasailing business was a boat, insurance, some equipment and a licensed boat captain.
Despite the uproar, those requirements have remained unchanged. A bill sponsored by Sen. Marcia Sachs (D-Boca Raton), which would have called for more stringent oversight of the parasailing industry, died in committee this year.
The husband’s attorney said that they believe that the harness broke, was in bad shape and was poorly maintained. The attorney said that his client is seeking substantial compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages.
The couple was visiting South Florida from Connecticut when the accident occurred. They booked a tandem parasailing ride with Waveblast Watersports for $30. The husband watched helplessly as his wife slipped from the harness and fell nearly 20 stories to her death in the water below.
An autopsy revealed that she had died from drowning and “several blunt force injuries.”
The lawsuit has named Waveblast Watersports II, Inc.; Sands Harbor Inc. (the resort where the couple was staying); Custom Chutes Inc.; VL Gaskin T/A Waterbirds Parakites; and the boat’s captain and first mate as liable parties.
A resort spokesman said that although Waveblast did rent an office from the hotel, the company had said it was only running a Jet Ski operation. The spokesman claims that the resort had no idea there was a parasailing business being run out of Waveblast.
According to the Parasail Safety Council 72 people have died in parasailing accidents since 1982.
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