Parasail, Banner-Tower “Midair”


They don’t happen like this every day. No one was hurt last Thursday near Gulf Shores, Ala., when the towline pulling a teenage girl on a parasail behind a boat crossed the line on an advertising banner being towed by an airplane. The banner-tower quickly released the banner and it fell harmlessly away. The age and identity of the girl were not immediately known. There was a second parasailor being towed by the same boat but her line didn’t come in contact with the banner. The parasailors were about 300 feet above the water at the time. Steve Vrondran, owner of Perdido Key Parasail, told the Mobile Register it’s the first incident of this nature that he’s heard of and the banner-towers and parasailors generally give each other a wide berth. “The canopies are 37 feet in diameter and brightly colored. Usually they see them and go around them,” said Vrondran. “If we don’t think they’re moving, we’ll move.” The two groups will meet with city officials to see if there’s a need to beef up safety and operating regulations.