COIMBATORE: The Dean of the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) quickly distance himself and the college from the parasailing event held on Sunday.
On Friday, the CMCH and the Indian Aerosports and Science Club had organised the event to celebrate the college’s golden jubilee. The opening day of the three-day parasailing event was organised inside the CMCH premises. Due to heavy crosswinds, only 11 people managed to even get airborne on the parakite on Friday.
CMCH Dean Edwin Joe said that due to the complications caused by heavy winds, and the perception that it was unsafe to continue, college officials had communicated with the sports club that parasailing inside the premises had been called off. “We saw even Coastal Security Group ADGP C Sylendra Babu struggling to take off, and we felt it was too risky for the public,” he told Express. “We decided that parasailing would be abandoned after the first day itself,” he added.
However, an organiser from the Indian Aerosports and Science Club who requested anonymity, told Express that they had received no such communication, and that it had been agreed that the rest of the event would be conducted at the CODISSIA grounds itself. “We had even asked them for an ambulance. They had given us the green light,” he added.