Parasailing accident investigation underway

Published: Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM HST
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Larry Hernandez
Larry Hernandez
Lovey Hernandez
Lovey Hernandez

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An investigation is underway to figure out what caused a parasailing accident that sent two men to the hospital, one of them with critical injuries.  The company involved is X-Treme Parasail which operates out of Kewalo Basin.

Yesterday two men from Palm Springs were parasailing when the line broke.  Witnesses say the men fell to the water and the wind in the chute dragged them across the water about 1,000 feet.

One of the men is in critical condition.  The other is out of the hospital.  The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating to see what caused the accident.  They also say they do inspect the boats companies use but they do not check the lines or parachutes. There aren't any federal rules or regulations on that.  It's left up to companies to police themselves.

People that participate in parasailing say the danger is part of the attraction.

"You get the adrenaline, you're up there in the air and you never know what is going to happen. Then when they dip you it's fun," said Larry Hernandez, parasailing customer.

"It's kind of scary I mean my stomach turns every time we do it but I still get up there and do it," said Lovey Hernandez, parasailing customer.

The Hernandez's have been to Hawaii 10 times and they always parasail.  Even after hearing of the accident they would still go up again.

"You can pull out of the driveway and something could happen," said Larry Hernandez.

"I'll probably say no but I probably will do it again when I come back," said Lovey Hernandez.

X-Treme Parasailing was not operating today.  The employee said it was because of high winds.

Depending on the Coast Guard investigation the company and boat captain could be punished but right now that's up in the air.

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