Governor Rick Scott signs parasailing bill into law after several deadly accidents in the state

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Parasailing restrictions are now in place after Governor Rick Scott signed the White-Miskell Act Friday.

The law is a result of several deadly parasailing accidents that have occurred over the past few years.

The White-Miskell Act is named after Kathleen Miskell, a Connecticut woman who died in 2012 after she fell from a harness while parasailing in Pompano Beach.

And Amber White, who died in 2007 after a line snapped on a parasail, resulting in her hitting the roof of a hotel.

Last year, two Indiana teens were seriously injured while parasailing in Panama City Beach.

Operators are now required to log weather conditions before going on a trip, forbid operations during severe weather, operators must be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and limit operations by airports.

Before Governor Scott signed the bill, there was no state or federal regulations for parasailing.

The law goes into effect October 1st.


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