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American Killed In Parasailing Accident

July 8, 1996

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ An American yachtsman died in a freak parasailing accident after plunging 100 feet into the sea.

Frank Westendorf, 54, of Newport News, Va., was swimming Friday when he grabbed hold of a parasail, after the boat that was towing it slowed to dip a female parasailer into the water, police said Sunday.

The boat’s operator, apparently unaware of the new parasailer, picked up speed and Westendorf was carried into the air. Before the boat could slow to bring Westendorf down, he fell into the water.

Other swimmers tried to revive Westendorf, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at King Edward Hospital.

The accident happened in St. George, on the northeast part of Bermuda where Westendorf had docked his yacht. Bermuda is a British territory 600 miles off North Carolina.

Westendorf was the second tourist to die in the St. George area in a week. Rebecca Middleton, 17, of Canada was stabbed to death Wednesday.

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