HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An investigation is underway to determine what caused a parasailing accident that sent two men to hospital, one with serious injuries. The company involved is X-Treme Parasail, which operates out of the Kewalo Basin.
Yesterday, two men from Palm Springs were parasailing when the line broke. Witnesses say the men fell into the water and that the wind in the chute swept them across the water at about 1,000 feet.
One of the men is in critical condition. The other was released from the hospital. The US Coast Guard is investigating to determine the cause of the crash. They also say they inspect the boats the companies use, but they don’t check the lines or parachutes. There are no federal rules or regulations on this. It’s up to companies to control themselves.
People who participate in parasailing say that the danger is part of the attraction.
“You get the adrenaline rush, you’re up there in the air and you never know what’s going to happen. Then when they dive you in, it’s fun,” said Larry Hernandez, parasailing client.
“It’s a little scary, I mean my stomach flips every time we do it, but I keep going up and doing it,” said Parasailing client Lovey Hernandez.
The Hernandez have been to Hawaii 10 times and they still parasail. Even after hearing about the accident, they were still going upstairs.
“You can walk out of the aisle and something could happen,” Larry Hernandez said.
“I’ll probably say no, but I’ll probably do it again when I get back,” Lovey Hernandez said.
X-Treme Parasailing was not working today. The employee said it was because of the high winds.
According to the Coast Guard investigation, the company and the boat’s captain could be punished, but for now, that’s on hold.
Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.