|Published:||Aug 18, 2012 10:16 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 18, 2012 10:16 PM EDT|
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - After an initial surge of support, the last five years have been silent after a Florida teen was killed while parasailing at Pompano Beach.
It was the last weekend of summer vacation 2007, Amber May White and her sister wanted one final day of fun in the sun. The two decided to try parasailing for the first time. Within minutes it turned tragic, the operator lost control and Amber was killed.
Since then, her friends and family have fought for legislation regulating the industry.
"Her parents pushed and pushed and the law is still sitting stagnant in Tallahassee," said her high school classmate Travis Bennett.
Bennett was referring to Amber's Law, which would put regulations on parasailing in the state, which as of now is largely unregulated. This past year, legislation stalled in committee that would have required operators to have a million dollar insurance policy. It would also prohibit the activity in hazardous weather.
"I think it's just time that we re-look at the law and say 'hey we really do need to enforce rules and have regulations on parasailing in Florida,'" said Bennett.
Tragedy struck again this past week, also in Pompano Beach. On Wednesday, a 28-year-old Connecticut woman was killed after falling 200 feet from a parasail. She was riding in tandem with her husband when the harness broke.
Florida fish and wildlife estimates there are between 70 and 120 parasailing operators in the state. Since 2001 there have been five deaths due to the activity.