New push to regulate parasailing in Florida

Proposed regulations sparked by fatal accidents

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - There are renewed calls to ensure the safety of people who parasail in Florida.

Safety advocates say the increasing popular activity  is frequently linked to accidents and deaths and say increased regulation is needed.

The Parasail Safety Council reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012. That's out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides.

In August, a Connecticut woman died off Pompano Beach, Florida,  prompting a new round of investigations. The mother of a girl who died five years ago, along with lawmakers and safety advocates also say it's time for more rules for operators.

Proposed Florida regulations would include inspections of parasailing equipment, restrictions on rides during rougher weather and required operator insurance.

Opposition by parasail operators and a general anti-regulation attitude among many lawmakers has scuttled past efforts.

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