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Coast Guard warns against parasailing dangers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Coast Guard Monday issued a marine safety alert regarding parasailing operations due to 11 passenger deaths and 52 passengers injured related to parasailing activities since 2006.

"The Coast Guard expects licensed mariners to follow all regulations regarding safe vessel operations and has an expectation of parasail operators to follow established standards," said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, assistant commandant for prevention policy. "Parasail operators must evaluate and consider all safety risks before getting underway, including weather conditions and condition and maintenance of equipment, in order to ensure safe parasailing activities. In the future, we expect the parasailing industry and related industry associations to share best practices and develop operational standards to maximize safety and prevent marine casualties."

Additionally, the Coast Guard asks those who decide to engage in this activity to consider the risks and to understand current safety standards for parasailing. Parasailing equipment is not regulated or inspected by the federal government.

All of the incidents have had several common factors unique to parasailing, the Coast Guard said.

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