Captain in parasailing accident that killed Kernersville woman pleads guilty

(WGHP File Photo)

(WGHP File Photo)

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — The captain who operated the boat in the parasailing accident that killed two women along Ocean Isle Beach has pleaded guilty to maritime negligence.

The U.S. Justice Department said that Thomas Povazan, 45, of West Mifflin, Pa., pleaded guilty Wednesday. Povazan was accused of failing to check the weather before taking his clients out on the ocean.

Cynthia Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie Shoup, 45, of Granby, Colo., were killed in August 2009.

Authorities say a strong gust of wind blew up while they were in the air, snapping the line connecting their parasail to the tow boat Tied High. The wind then slammed the women into the ocean and dragged them toward the town’s fishing pier

The women died from blunt force trauma.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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