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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The parasailing industry in Florida could be subject to safety guidelines under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature Thursday.

The Florida Senate voted unanimously to regulate the popular water sport in which people are lifted into the air by a motor boat.

The industry has received national attention in recent years with several deaths and accidents, but previous attempts to regulate parasailing have been rejected.

The bill (SB 320) heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

One of the main requirements is that parasailing would be banned if there is a sustained wind speed of more than 20 miles per hour.

In 2012, Kathleen Miskell died after her parasail harness broke and she plummeted as much as 200 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.

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