Parasailers Kicked Off July in the Sky as the NTSB Called the Activity Risky

In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo shows a couple parasailing off Miami Beach, Fla. Parasailing is risky and should be better regulated by the Coast Guard and other entitites, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded in a report issued Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Winton, File)
A couple parasailing off Miami Beach in Florida.
Tony Winton, Associated Press

Parasailing was declared risky on Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, which called for more regulation of the activity.

Parasailing is a recreational activity where a person glides through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a boat.

‘‘Passengers seeking to enjoy the thrill, adventure, and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims,’’ the NTSB report stated, according to the Associated Press. ‘‘Due to the nature of parasailing, accidents usually result in either serious injury or death.’’

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About 3 to 5 million people go parasailing each year, reports the Associated Press, and 73 people have died and 429 were seriously injured between 1982 and 2012. Because there are no set requirements for training staff, inspecting equipment, or calling off trips during bad weather, the NTSB is calling for stricter regulations.

In the meantime, folks around the United States and the world kicked off July by taking to the skies yesterday. They parasailed with their children, friends, and even celebrated an engagement in the air. Check out their photos.

Name: Jay Tackett

Location: Kentucky

Thoughts: “Welp, knock that off the bucketlist”

Name: Loreta Bacic

Location: Unknown

Name: Jay Warren

Location: Hong Kong

Thoughts: “Loved parasailing, probably the best view of my life.”

Name: Selahattin Surmen

Location: Istanbul

Name: Selita Crockwell

Location: Unknown

Thoughts: “Celebrating our engagement”

Name: Nathalie Coronado

Location: Lake Tahoe

Name: Cortney Elliott

Location: Outer Banks in N.C.

Thoughts: “Not even scared at all”

Name: Angeline Cabot

Location: South Carolina

Name: Harley Vaughn

Location: Santa Catalina Island

Thoughts: “Seriously one of the most fun things I’ve ever done”

Name: Tamara

Location: Greece

Thoughts: “It’s a nice view from up here”

And, finally, check out this parasailing video Alzy Esperanza from San Francisco posted to Instagram. He’s parasailing in the Dominican Republic. “We only live once, so enjoy it while you can,” he writes.