Woman Dies in Parasailing Accident in South Padre Island
A woman was killed Saturday in a parasailing accident in South Padre Island, Texas, a popular summer tourist destination located along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Authorities confirmed that the woman, identified by the Cameron County Sheriff's Office as 47-year-old San Antonio, Texas native Dawn Strickland, fell to her death over the weekend, MySanAntonio.com reported.
Strickland was first discovered by a boater Saturday evening shortly before 6:30 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard stated in a news release. The boater reported pulling the woman from the water and attempting CPR before alerting the Coast Guard.
Shortly after, a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island boat crew arrived on the scene. Rescuers continued CPR attempts and transported Strickland to nearby emergency services where she was ultimately pronounced dead.
While the tragedy has been ruled an accident, the Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are currently investigating. MySanAntonio.com reported officials are conducting interviews with employees of Sonny's Beach Service, which claims to "offer the only ocean parasailing on the Texas coast," its official website states.
"All our captains are licensed and United States Coast Guard approved," the website adds.
"My heartfelt condolences go out to the family for this tragedy. I also send my sincere thanks to the nearby boater who responded so quickly to this incident," Sector Corpus Christi commander Capt. Tony Hahn said in a statement. "As we look closely into this incident, we encourage any witnesses to contact the Coast Guard so we can be as thorough as possible in our investigation of this incident."
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