South Carolina Tourist Killed in Longboat Key Parasailing Accident

06/29/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Longboat Key, FL — A parasailing accident off Florida’s west coast left a South Carolina tourist dead on Monday, June 27, 2011. The fatal parasailing accident occurred about a mile off Longboat Key after the boat lost speed and the victim floated down to the water, reported the St. Petersburg Times.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that David Richard Sieradzki, 31, of South Carolina was in the air when the parasail boat—“Almost Heaven”—experienced a problem that caused the propellers to stop spinning.

The Coast Guard says Sieradzki fell from as high as 800 feet at an unknown speed into the water. Sieradzki was wearing a life jacket and waving his hands while in the water.

“What we do know is that he landed in the water just fine, but something happened to cause him to die once he was in the water,” said wildlife commission spokesman Gary Morse. “He did not come down hard.”

Sieradzki was pulled back to the boat by hand, but when he reached the boat, he was unconscious.

CPR was administered until the Coast Guard arrived at the scene, who then took over the rescue efforts. Sieradzki was then transported to Coquina boat ramp on Anna Maria Island, where Manatee County emergency workers declared him dead about 5:55 p.m.

The FWC and the Coast Guard are investigating the fatal parasailing accident.

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