Parasailor dies in southern Brooklyn waters

Brooklyn Currents | 10/09/2013 | 0 comments

A 41-year-old parasailor from Kensington was found floating unconscious in the waters off of Kingsborough Community College late Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, police said.

Police in NYPD boats retrieved Vladislav Cheloudko from Rockaway Inlet. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him before rushing him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cheloudko died while parasailing off of Brooklyn's southern coast, said an NYPD spokesman. A Medical Examiner's report on the specific cause of death was pending as of this posting.

For those unfamiliar with the risky sport of parasailing, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Parasailing, also known as parascending, or "parakiting," is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing similar to a parachute, known as a parasail wing. A harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by a rope. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the parascender – the wing -- and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute.

Caption:A parasailor in action

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