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Kite Tubing Banned on Some Lakes in Arkansas, Missouri

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Army Corps of Engineers at Little Rock has issued a permanent ban on kite tubing on all Arkansas and Missouri lakes and the stretch of Arkansas River that are supervised by the federal agency's Little Rock district.

The district issued a temporary ban in July 2006 for waters in its jurisdiction.  The Corps announced the permanent ban yesterday.  The Corps says kite tubes are "inherently dangerous products."

Use of kite tubes on Corps lakes and rivers in the district could result in a citation.

Kite tubes are large inflatable one-or-two-person raft-like objects that ride like a kite when pulled by power boats.  Riders sit atop the kite tubes and can go as high as 60 feet in the air.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission began an investigation last year into the devices, citing three deaths of people using them in California, Texas and Wisconsin.  At least one manufacturer has withdrawn its product from the market.

Lakes in Arkansas or southern Missouri where the ban is in effect include Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, Norfork, Clearwater, Greers Ferry, Nimrod, Blue Mountain, Millwood, Dierks, De Queen and Gillham.  The ban also applies to the Arkansas River in Arkansas. 

The Corps' district office in Vicksburg, Mississippi, also has a ban in place at DeGray, Greeson and Ouachita lakes in south Arkansas.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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