British parasailing teens ‘fell to 400 feet’ in Rhodes when ‘speedboat rope snapped’

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Reports suggest two teenagers fell from an “extreme” height of 400 feet to death as boy’s 15-year-old brother fights for his life in hospital with serious injuries in Rhodes, Greece

Parasailing tourists on the island of Rhodes in Greece (stock image)

Two British teenagers died at 400 feet after a parasailing accident while on vacation in Greece when the rope of their speedboat snapped, it has been learned.

A 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, both cousins, have tragically died while another, the boy’s 15-year-old brother, fights for his life in Rhodes hospital.

They were being towed by the speedboat when a rope holding their parasailing parachute broke, the Greek Coast Guard said.

The trio fell from an “extreme” height and crashed into rocks in a strong wind.

Gruesome footage from the scene showed authorities recovering the bodies.

An investigation is underway, but eyewitnesses say the teens fell on the rocks at an altitude of about 400 feet, according to the Daily Mail.








The trio fell from an “extreme” height and crashed into rocks in a strong wind. [stock photo]
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The usual safe limit on most of the Greek islands is 300 feet.

The surviving boy is in “serious condition with multiple injuries” in hospital and is fighting for his life in a coma, according to local media.

The trio were reportedly found on rocks near Lindos on the island of Rhodes.

Local media said the victims were killed instantly when they hit the rocks – while the 15-year-old boy was found injured.








Local media said the victims were killed instantly when they hit rocks as a 15-year-old boy fights for his life [stock photo]
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This happened at around noon local time on Wednesday and two people linked to the speedboat were arrested.

The Greek Coast Guard spokesman said: “They were following a speedboat. The rope was cut.

“The boy and girl were killed and another was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

“He is under investigation into how the rope was cut.”

Local media report that three or more people are prohibited from parasailing from a single glider.








Lindos bay on the island of Rhodes, Greece [stock photo]
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The bodies of the teenagers were found by members of the coast guard and firefighters who had been contacted by the person in control of the boat, according to the spokesperson.

He said: “The guy controlling the speedboat and another person were arrested.”

High winds caused the group to drift towards the rocks, Greek media reported.




His siblings and their cousin had arrived on the island with their families a few days ago and were staying at the seaside resort of Pefki.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) confirmed it had liaised with the teens’ families.

A spokesperson for FCDO said: “We are supporting the family of two Britons following their death in Rhodes, and are in contact with the Greek authorities.”


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