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Two dead in parasailing accident at Ocean Isle Beach

Posted August 29, 2009 5:26 a.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2009 9:54 a.m. EDT

— The Coast Guard says it is investigating a parasailing accident that killed two women near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier in North Carolina.

The Coast Guard says an initial report indicates that the rope on the women's parasail separated from the boat it was connected to Friday afternoon.

Coast Guard investigators are interviewing witnesses and the master and crew of the boat, Tied High. Drug and alcohol tests have been conducted on the crew.

The women were identified as Lorrie Schoup and Cynthia Woodcock, Coast Guard officials said. The women's ages and hometowns have not been released.