Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2014

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The Tied High, a 31-foot passenger vessel, departed from its dock in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., at 1 p.m., on August 28, 2009, with eight adult passengers and four minors, to take part in a parasailing excursion. The passengers aboard the vessel did not receive a safety brief by the captain prior to getting underway. 1 The two-person crew, consisting of a captain and deckhand, observed overcast skies, winds out of the northeast at 12 to 17 miles per hour (mph), two-to four-foot swells, 84 degree Fahrenheit air temperature, and water temperature in the mid 80s. Just as the captain proceeded to the Atlantic Ocean through the Shallotte Inlet, the overcast sky soon turned to rain. Deadly Excursion Two die after parasail towline parts. by Ms. Sarah K. Webster Managing Editor In this ongoing feature, we take a close look at recent marine casualties. We outline the U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty investigations that followed, which explore how these incidents occurred, including any environmental, vessel design, or human-error factors that contributed to each event. Article information, statistics, conclusions, and quotes come from the f inal, promulgated Coast Guard investigation report. Lessons Learned from USCG Casualty Investigations 58 Proceedings Fall 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Moreover, shortly after the vessel's departure from the dock, Wilmington's National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 1:01 p.m., for the parasail operating area, via NOAA's Weather Channel: "At 1258 PM EDT … showers and thunderstorms were producing heavy rain … along a line extending from 7 miles southeast of Topsail Beach to 6 miles south of Southport …moving west at 35 mph. These thun- derstorms will produce heavy rainfall of up to three- quarters of an inch. Brief wind gusts to 30 mph are possible." 2 In August 2009, two people lost their lives while parasailing. What star ted out as a popular summer adventure soon turned deadly, when thunderstorms arrived, winds picked up, and the parasail's towline parted. Approximate Ocean Isle Beach location

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