IT'S A POPULAR WATER ACTIVITY DURING THE SUMMER.
BUT NOW, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
IS ASKING THE U-S COAST GUARD TO REGULATE IT.
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH AN INSIDE
LOOK AT PARASAILING ON LAKE COEUR D'ALENE.
IT'S A CELL PHONE VIDEO THAT WENT VIRAL.
TAKEN EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO TODAY
TWO TEENS CRITICALLY INJURED IN A PARASAILING ACCIDENT
IN PANAMA CITY FLORIDA...
NOW THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS SAYING
THEY WANT TO SEE PARASAILING REGULATED.
I think there is a lot of people that have been in
the industry for so many years unregulated they tend
to form their own types of regulations.
JAMIN RODRIGUEZ IS THE CAPTAIN OF COEUR D'ALENE PARASAIL.
IN THE 11 YEARS AND 20-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO HAVE PARASAILED
I don't have any incident where anybody has come close
to being hurt.
RODRIGUEZ SIDES WITH NTSB.
SAYING MOST ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY FAULTY EQUIPMENT.
I don't know what or where to start with regulations
outside of making sure you're a license captain but
it would have to start with the equipment and making
sure that equipment is retired when it's meant to
That's probably the biggest issue in the industry.
They tell me the harness I am wearing here is so sturdy.
I can even do a backfilp and I won't fall out! .
I'm not going to, but I could!
ACCORDING TO THE PARASAIL SAFETY COUNCIL THE NUMBER
OF PARASAILING ACCIDENTS IS RELATIVELY LOW.
BETWEEN 1982 TO 2012, AN ESTIMATED 73 PEOPLE DIED.
WITH 429 SERIOUSLY INJURED
ALL WITHIN THE COURSE OF TAKING 130 MILLION RIDES.
BUT EVEN THEN RODRIGUEZ SAYS.
USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT.
You have to check out their equipment.
If you ask them if their equipment is good they're
always going to say yes
HE SAYS THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS TO LOOK FOR.
BEFORE COMMITTING TO LAUNCH YOURSELF UP 800 FEET IN
You can see an old parachute.
the colors are faded.
The harnesses if they look like they've been on the
street getting run over all day then they're probably
If they suggest you don't have to go with a life jacket,
you know, there's another sign that this might not
be the parasail outlet you should be parasailing with.
RODRIGUEZ BELIEVES AS LONG AS OTHER PARASAILING OPERATORS
ARE PRACTICING SIMILAR SAFETY STRATEGIES.
THERE IS NO SAFER WATER ACTIVITY.
I have a five year old and a two and a half year old
and they've been up several times.
I don't feel like I should be taking anybody up if
I can't take my own kids.
WELL AS YOU CAN SEE, CAITI WENT PARASAILING.
SHE TOOK OFF AND LANDED FROM A BOAT.
WHICH ROSRIGUEZ SAY ADDS ANOTHER LAYER OF SAFETY TO