The U.S. Coast Guard says it has opened a formal investigation into a parasailing accident that killed two women on the North Carolina coast when a rope connecting the parasail to the boat disconnected.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that the investigation will assess a number of matters, including the cause and whether there is any evidence of misconduct or negligence. The probe is expected to take several weeks.
Friday's accident at Ocean Isle Beach killed 56-year-old Lorrie Shoup of Granby, Colo., and 60-year-old Cynthia Woodcock of Kernersville.
The answering machine at parasailing company N.C. Watersports said the company was closed for the year.