Old Harness causes parasailing death

Photo of harness from NTSB report into Connecticut woman's death while parasailing in Florida.
Photo of harness from NTSB report into Connecticut woman's death while parasailing in Florida.

Pompano Beach, FLA. (WTNH) — A young woman’s death has helped push for safer parasailing laws.

Back in 2012, 28-year-old Kathleen Miskell from Connecticut was parasailing with her husband when her harness parted from the flight bar causing her to fall 450-feet into the ocean.

The coast guard examined the harness and flight bar and found that part of the harness was worn out and had failed due to overload.

Her death has been pivotal in creating the Miskell-White Act, which is a state law regulating the parasailing industry.

It takes effect in October.

 

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