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Parasailing Death Of Conn. Woman To Be Investigated

Kathleen Miskell (credit: Erin Mulcahy)

Kathleen Miskell (credit: Erin Mulcahy)

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POMPANO BEACH, F.L. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an agent to investigate the death of a woman who fell into the Atlantic Ocean when her harness broke while parasailing.

The agency said Friday that Larry Bowling will assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard in investigating the death of 28-year-old Kathleen Miskell, of Connecticut.

On Wednesday, Miskell was killed while parasailing with her husband over the Atlantic Ocean just off Pompano Beach.  Investigators said the harness she was wearing broke and she plunged 150 feet to her death.

Officials say the boat crew reeled in her husband and circled back to rescue the woman. Miskell was in cardiac arrest and the captain performed CPR until the boat met up with paramedics.

Authorities say Miskell was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The victim’s father, Jim Mulcahy, said the couple decided to take a trip to Florida before the 28-year-old had to return to the middle school, where she worked as a teaching assistant for special-needs children in Wethersfield.

Miskell was attending graduate school and wanted to become a guidance counselor. The family said the couple had been married three years and just bought a home a year ago.

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