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Coast Guard issues marine safety alerts on parasailing
It's a thrill ride hundreds of feet in the air with almost no rules to keep it safe.
The Coast Guard is issuing Marine safety alerts for parasailing companies, reminding them to be safe.
This comes in the wake of the parasailing accident on Panama City Beach last month.
In that accident two Indiana teenagers where injured when the tow rope connecting them to a boat snapped.
They were slammed into a condo building, a power pole and cars before hitting the ground.
Both girls were seriously hurt and have spent the last month recovering.
"Here at "Just Chute Me Parasail" safety is top priority. In this log book, wind speed is documented every hour and all the boat captains are equipped with wind meters before parasailers go out"
Brett Kreutzmann and his daughter Olivia came all the way from Cincinnati to go parasailing.
They say a good safety record is what brought them to Just Chute Me Parasail.
"We've seen a lot of people going out and coming back safely and we've heard good things about this company being one of the top in the area"
Their Coast Guard is sending out safety advisories to parasailing companies, reminding them to double check their equipment and the weather.
There are over 2-dozen registered parasail boats in Destin.
Kevin Sherman owner of 'Just Chute Me Parasail' says he's glad to see the Coast Guard keeping safety at the forefront.
Sherman feels his parasailing shop is in a class of its own when it comes to keeping customers safe.
"We do things differently we go through a lot of ropes, others ask me why, and I tell them I just want to feel safe"
"The wind speed is currently about 11 miles per hour, if it goes above 18-miles per hour, all parasailing at this establishment is called off for safety reasons.