TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

West Mifflin captain in deadly N.C. parasailing accident pleads guilty

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 11:08 a.m.
 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — 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 45-year-old Thomas Povazan of West Mifflin pleaded guilty Wednesday. Povazan was accused of failing to check the weather before taking his clients out on the ocean.

Sixty-year-old Cynthia Woodcock of Kernersville and 45-year-old Lorrie Shoup 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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Pederson had to go at Pitt
  2. Chryst returns home, named football coach at Wisconsin
  3. Pederson’s 2nd tenure as the athletic director at Pitt comes to abrupt end
  4. Many Pitt fans endorse move to oust Pederson as athletic director
  5. Penguins continue to thrive, despite spate of ailments
  6. Steelers, young and old, thirst for opportunity to reach the postseason
  7. High school roundup: Norwin wrestling edges rival Penn-Trafford
  8. Pitt uses 2 2nd-half flurries to hold off Manhattan, 65-56
  9. Slumping Duquesne men’s basketball falls to St. Francis (Pa.)
  10. Steelers notebook: Brown leads WRs in Pro Bowl voting, Bell 2nd at RB
  11. Son charged in dismemberment death of mother, stepfather in Penn Hills
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.