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Is Parasailing Safe?


With vacation season coming fast, many Clarksvillians will be planning to head to the beach. Maritime Safety Expert Mario Vittone takes a look at the popular oceanside pastime of parasailing.

I’ve never done it, but it was on my list.  Parasailing; it just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  After spending most of my life evaluating what is safe or going after people who weren’t, hanging from a parachute high above the water seemed like a great way to have fun.

The view has to be awesome; they make you wear a life jacket so that is covered; and you’re in a parachute for goodness sake.

If anything happens, you just float down to the water and wait for them to pick you up, right? Well, maybe…but that depends…on a lot.

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