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Parasailing fatalities in southwest Florida.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19901809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Parasailing is a recreational sport that is generally considered to be of little risk to the participants. Typically, the passenger launches from a motorboat with a specially designed winch that pulls him or her back to the boat at the end of the ride. The sport is not regulated at the federal, state, or county level. There have been few reports of injuries to parasailors. Additionally, there have been only 2 fatalities reported to the United States Coast Guard in a 10-year review. We report the details of these 2 deaths, those of a mother and daughter riding in a tandem parasail, which occurred on Fort Myers Beach in 2001, as well as an additional case of a parasailing fatality that occurred in southwest Florida in 1999. These cases illustrate the injuries seen in such fatalities and the hazards posed by adverse weather conditions and faulty equipment, as well as the impairment of passenger judgment by drugs and/or alcohol.
Barbara C Wolf; Brett E Harding
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-25     Completed Date:  2010-03-04     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of the District 21 Medical Examiner, Fort Myers, FL 33907, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood,  urine
Cocaine / analogs & derivatives,  blood,  urine
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors / blood,  urine
Equipment Failure
Ethanol / blood,  urine
Forensic Pathology
Multiple Trauma / pathology*
Sports Equipment
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / pathology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 0/Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors; 50-36-2/Cocaine; 519-09-5/benzoylecgonine; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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