Recent accidents in Utah and across the country have prompted Utah State Parks managers to advise boaters on the hazards of kite tubing.

A kite tube is a 10-foot wide, circular, inflatable watercraft that is towed behind a powerboat elevating riders up to 40 feet in the air. Kite tubes have been responsible for a variety of injuries including a broken neck, punctured lung, chest, back, and facial injuries, and two deaths nationwide.

While the National Park Service has banned the use of kite tubes at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area (Lake Powell), there is currently no ban in Utah’s state parks. However, park managers strongly discourage their use.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says kite tubes are “unreasonably dangerous” and kite tube manufacturers are voluntarily recalling about 19,000 Wego Kite Tubes. The view the voluntary safety recall, visit www.cpsc.gov.

Source Image and article: http://stateparks.utah.gov/stateparks/boating/news-kitetubing.html

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