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Officials identify women killed in parasailing accident

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard say two women parasailing on the southeastern North Carolina coast were killed when a rope connecting the parasail to the boat disconnected.

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OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — North Carolina wildlife officials on Sunday released the identities of two killed in a parasailing accident at Ocean Isle Beach.

Lt. Matthew Long said the women killed in Friday's accident were Cynthia Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie Shoup, 55, of Granby, Colo.

Coast Guard officials have said that the initial report indicates that a rope connecting the parasail to the boat disconnected. They have not released additional details.

The two women were on a trip with Cynthia Woodcock's aunt, Sybil Carpenter, of Cary, and another friend, said Tyisha Woodcock, daughter-in-law of Cynthia Woodock.

An outgoing message left on the phone at N.C. Watersports, which operated the boat and parasail, said it was closed for the summer.