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Florida bill would make parasailing safer

January 21, 2011

Parasailing is an activity that is enjoyed by many, but it is not without its dangers. Just last year 27-year-old Alejandra White was killed was enjoying a vacation with her fiancé in Clearwater Beach, Florida when the rope between the parachute and the boat snapped. Now, a bill honoring her is being proposed during this years legislative session.

If the “Alejandra White Act” is passed, Florida parasailing operators will be required to do the following:
• Equip their parasail harness apparatus with safety devices which will allow parasailers to quickly release themselves in the event of an emergency
• Monitor the weather and be required to stop parasail operations during high winds
• All parasail boat operators to be licensed by the US Coat Guard
• Carry at least $1 million per person in injury and death insurance

Many places in Miami and Fort Lauderdale beach offer parasailing to both tourists and locals. Sadly, many who have been injured in the past have not been able to receive proper compensation for their accidents.

If you are injured in a parasailing or boating claim in Florida your accident may fall under a number of different laws including Florida State law or Florida maritime and admiralty laws. Contact attorney Joseph M. Maus for any additional information.

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