USVI man sentenced in fatal parasailing accident

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Associated Press

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A U.S. Virgin Islands boat captain charged with causing the death of a woman killed while parasailing has been sentenced to six months of home confinement.

Kyle Coleman also was ordered to serve one year of supervised release, pay $1.4 million in restitution to the victim's family and perform 150 hours of community service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Police said Coleman took Bernice Kraftcheck and her daughter on a parasailing tour in November 2011 amid heavy winds. The tow line broke, causing the women to fall in the water. Authorities said the women were still attached to the parasail as it gained speed, killing Kraftcheck and seriously injuring her daughter.

Coleman pleaded guilty to operating the boat in a negligent manner. He was sentenced on Friday.

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