On Wednesday at about 3 p.m. in Pompano Beach, a man and woman were parasailing about 200 feet above the ocean when the wife’s harness failed, and she fell into the ocean as her husband watched helplessly, reports the Miami Herald.
The wife was found face down in the water and later pronounced dead at the hospital. The chairman of the Parasail Safety Council said that it appears that the equipment was faulty or that the operator failed to attach it properly.
Even though the captain of the boat had a valid license as of April 2011, he has a criminal record involving felony and grand theft and forgery from 2006, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Though much is being made about his criminal record, the boat captain’s troubles with the law in the past may have no bearing on the fatal accident.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Coast Guard, and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
“The FWC is currently investigating every aspect of this case including the equipment that was used, the harness, the rope, the parachute and any other equipment we feel is necessary in order to paint a clearer picture of what occurred,” said an FWC spokesman.