2 Indiana teenagers injured in parasailing accident
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Two Indiana teenagers were seriously injured in a parasailing accident Monday in Panama City Beach.
Sidney Renea Good (DOB 03/17/96), Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild, from Huntington, Ind., were parasailing in a tandem harness over the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City Beach when an afternoon storm developed with strong winds, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.
These winds kept the chute aloft and several attempts to winch the riders back onto the vessel failed. The anchor was set to keep the boat from being pulled onto shore. The towline detached and the riders were helpless to control the chute.
The riders then impacted power lines, buildings and parked vehicles. Good and Fairchild were transported to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart in Panama City.
According to FWC investigators, the girls are in critical condition. FWC is continuing to investigate the accident.