Coast Guard and local agencies investigate parasailing incident

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard is investigating a parasailing accident that occurred in the vicinity of Pier 60 near Clearwater Beach., Sunday.

Watchstanders and Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received several reports at approximately 3 p.m., from third-party 911 relays, of a parasailing vessel that lost its parasail with two persons attached, causing the passengers to be injured when they landed on the beach.

Good Samaritans on the beach contacted local emergency medical personnel who arrived on scene to treat the two individuals. One individual was treated and released while the other was taken to Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A 25-foot small resonse boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., was launched at approximately 3:15 p.m., to intercept the parasailing vessel, which is owned by the Sky Screamer Parasailing Company, located in Clearwater.

Boast crew members from Coast Guard Station Sand Key located the vessel at Clearwater Municipal Marina.

Members from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and Clearwater Police Department are assisting the Coast Guard in the investigation.

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