Earlier this week 2 teenage girls on vacation in the Florida pan handle received traumatic injuries after their parasailing line detached. The 17 year old girls, Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild from a suburb of Fort Wayne Indiana, are in critical condition in a Panama City hospital. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Investigators believe that Renea and Fairchild’s parasailing line detached. Winds then carried the parachute inland and directly in to a high rise condominium complex. Witnesses report that the girls were also blown into a power line and then fell onto a vehicle before finally crashing into the pavement of a parking lot. Witnesses also report that just before the incident a storm had approached, which sent strong gusts of wind inland, knocking over umbrellas and beach chairs.
The company responsible for supervising the girl’s parasailing excursion, Aquatic Adventures, has commented that their sympathies go to the family. However, the company has not admitted or denied fault.
This accident shows the very dangerous nature of parasailing and aquatic recreational sports. Many people each year are injured in Florida summer recreational boating accidents. Unfortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented with reasonable care and caution. Although the cause of this accident has not been determined, state and federal authorities are investigating this situation to learn how to prevent future accidents and make sure that the company did not neglect their duty to their customers.
If you have been harmed in a recreational boating accident contact the experienced West Palm Beach injury attorneys at William E. Johnson, P.A. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will provide you with a free consultation to let you know if you are entitled to a lawsuit or settlement. To learn more call our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at 561-832-4848.
Source: Scott Carroll, Coast Guard joins parasailing investigation, The News Herald, (July 4, 2013).