Fatal parasail accidents renew calls for rules
The lack of regulation, however, means no one is looking over the operator’s shoulder to make sure ropes damaged by sun and salt water are replaced. There are also little or no rules regarding age limits or experience for ‘‘spotters’’ who observe the riders.
And there’s nothing beyond common sense to prevent an operator for taking people up in windy weather, which many people say is the one variable that can most often lead to an accident.
Breitenstein, who has radar on his boats, said he maintains a five-mile buffer from any nearby bad weather. But he said in Florida, storms can develop quickly offshore — and sometimes operators might be tempted to take a little risk to make more money.
‘‘Weather is our biggest, toughest thing,’’ he said. ‘‘Taking chances, that’s a bad habit to get into.’’
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