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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hawaii death leads to boat captainís license suspension

Associated Press

HONOLULU ó The merchant mariner's license of a Honolulu boat captain has been suspended as a result of a parasailing death nearly a year ago.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday that Scott Ng was in charge of a parasailing vessel in Maunalua Bay last April when he allowed a deckhand to ride the parasail without wearing the required harness and safety gear.

Shortly after, 24-year-old Cole Ciliax' rope failed and he fell 40 feet into the water.

Ng agreed to the Coast Guard's factual allegation and a settlement that requires a 12-month license suspension and 30 hours of training.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the company that employed Ng and Ciliax, SeaBreeze Watersports, is not facing charges.