Bob's Rise And Fall In Mexico

Editor's note: Video contains some brief profanity near the end of the clip. Viewer discretion advised.

I took this video while parasailing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. There was a fairly strong wind blowing on shore. I had watched quite a few people take off from the beach, fly around the coast and then return and land back on the beach without ever touching the water.

This seemed like it would be fun and a great opportunity to make a good video of the whole thing. It was all as one would expect until another parasail tow boat coming from the opposite direction, for some unknown reason, made an abrupt maneuver towards the shore. This caused the tow lines for myself and the second parasail to cross. The lines can be heard "singing" on the video as they rub together.

I could see the whole situation develop while I was 2 to 3 hundred feet in the air and there was not a thing I could do about it but hold on and see what was going to happen.

What did happen was the other parasail tow line somehow missed me and slid up into my parasail rigging collapsing my parasail. The only reason I did not fall the 2 to 3 hundred feet to the water was that my parasail tangled in the second tow line and I slid down that tow line to the water.

I had a life jacket on but it still seemed that I went awfully deep when I did hit the water. I remember being underwater and seeing the lights on my camcorder go out. Salt water and electronics do not get along well. When I did pop to the surface the strangest thing happened. The Mexican driving the boat towing me had suddenly forgotten how to speak English. Trauma I suppose. I, other than an extremely high adrenalin level, was unhurt.

Upon returning to my business, Olson's Auto Repair in Eugene, I disassemble my dead video camera piece by piece in order to remove the tape. The tape needed a little cleaning up but I did manage to copy the parasail flight. The flight was not what I expected, but it did make a memorable video.

Bob Olson

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