WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- According to a special investigation by the NTSB, a lack of regulations, little training and faulty equipment are to blame for parasailing deaths.
Each year, the NTSB says an estimated 3 to 5 million people in the United States participate in parasailing. But according to the investigation, there are no federal regulations establishing specific training or certification to parasail.
The investigation revealed that there is no requirement for inspection of parasailing equipment. There is also no requirement to suspend parasailing during inclement weather, according to the investigation.
The NTSB says thrill-seeking parasailers are at risk of becoming accident victims due to the nature of the sport. Parasailing accidents usually result in serious injury or death.
The NTSB has made recommendations to improve safety for parasailing passengers and operators.
Read the full report: http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/summary/SIR1402.html