CREATED Jul. 5, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - How safe are you if you go parasailing?
Four In Your Corner working to get you that answer after two teens slammed into a building in Panama City when their parasail broke free.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is uncovering some eye-popping facts about who's not watching parasail operations.
The people who operate parasailing companies in Florida are not required to carry insurance and they can even take people up in bad weather - if they choose.
That's a shock to Labelle grandmother Judy Livingston, who's spending the day on Ft. Myers Beach with her grandson. She was horrified to see the cell phone camera footage of the Panama City accident on the news.
"The poor girls - going through the air and hitting the building and then landed on the cars," she said.
Efforts to make the industry safer have died in the Florida legislature.
As it stands now, parasail operators are not required to carry insurance, and all inspection of equipment is left up to the operators themselves. There's also no state agency that oversees the safety of parasail companies.
"Very shocking," Livingston said. "I wouldn't parasail anyway. Ever."
Fox 4 wanted to talk with local parasailing companies but an afternoon of gray skies and rain kept parasail workers off the beach and would-be adventure-seekers out of the sky.
Colleen Hogan, reporter