Sunday, August 19, 2012

NTSB Investigating Fatal Florida Parasailing Accident

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


At about 3:15 pm (EDT), 28-year-old Kathleen Miskell, who was parasailing in tandem with her husband, 31-year-old Stephen Miskell, fell from her harness at approximately 150-200 feet into the water. 


Kathleen Miskell was fatally injured - but her husband was unharmed.  The parasailing trip was being operated by Waveblast Water Sports. The NTSB has investigated a number of parasailing accidents, and said it 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.