Warren County

Man injured in Lake George parasailing incident improving

Equipment malfunction unlikely, police said.
Parasailing on Lake George.
Parasailing on Lake George.

LAKE GEORGE — A man who was badly injured in a parasailing accident last weekend in Lake George is still in the hospital but is improving, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

Adrian Robels, 23, of New Windsor, was parasailing with his 27-year-old sister on Saturday when the two went down into the lake. The pair were aided by boaters who witnessed the incident, but Robels was seriously injured and taken to Glens Falls Hospital.

“He continues to do well and show improvement, medically,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said. “Everyone is very optimistic right now.”

The two were parasailing with Pinky’s Parasail / JDQ Enterprises, police said. 

The incident was investigated by police, but no charges are expected, Stockdale said. The accident did not seem to be caused by an equipment malfunction, he said. It was more likely the result of a combination of factors, including bad weather and a lack of parasailing experience.

“It was a perfect storm. It just all came together at the same time,” he said.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, police received an emergency call on Saturday at about 12:35 p.m. from passengers on a vessel on Lake George reporting the incident they witnessed in the vicinity of Tea Island. The two were reported in the water in distress. Nearby boaters came to their rescue, but Robels was under the water for an undetermined amount of time after his harness rigging and personal flotation device became entangled, police said. 

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