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Senators call for new parasailing regulations

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    The owner of the company involved in a parasailing crash that seriously injured two Indiana girls in the Florida Panhandle says he's praying for their recovery.
    The owner of the company involved in a parasailing crash that seriously injured two Indiana girls in the Florida Panhandle says he's praying for their recovery.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The parasailing crash that critically injured two teenage girls in Florida earlier this month is creating momentum for new regulations for the industry.

Seventeen-year-olds Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good were on a tandem parasail in Panama City Beach when the cable snapped. The girls smashed into the side of a condominium tower before crashing onto an SUV in a parking lot.

Both girls survived and are recovering in Indiana.

Senate President Don Gaetz says Florida clearly has not done enough to regulate the parasailing industry.

He recently met with some operators who support more regulation and training for their industry.

Gaetz wants them to work with Sen. Maria Sachs on her parasailing regulation bill. It failed to pass this year, but she plans to refile the measure next year.

"I've encouraged those who are with the parasailing industry and who want stronger education and regulation and training of people in that area to meet with Sen. Sachs and see if they can work on a bill that would resolve the problem that clearly this is something that we haven't done a good enough job of monitoring and overseeing," Gaetz said.

Sen. Sachs' proposal would require operators to carry at least $2 million of liability insurance, mandate the use of a marine radio and ban rides during certain weather conditions.

Florida has recorded 20 parasailing accidents in the past 12 years, killing six people and injuring 20.

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