A picture of the storm behind Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild while parasailing on Monday. Picture courtesy Grace Gallaher.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. After the frightening video hit the airwaves on Tuesday , the world continues following the recovery of two Indiana teens who were seriously injured in a parasailing accident on Monday.
Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild remained in critical condition in a Panama City Beach hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
The two 17-year-olds were parasailing in high winds when the rope apparently broke from the boat, sending the girls flying out of control. Cell phone video shows the two hitting a balcony on a condo and careening over another building before crashing into an SUV in a parking lot. On Wednesday, the Bay County Sheriff’s Department released two 911 calls.
Caller: “We are at the Commodore and a parasail just smashed into the top of it!”
Caller: “They actually hit power lines in front of the building. You’re going to need two paramedic units en route.”
A fundraising website started by friends has raised more than $7,000. The family of the teens released a statement thanking everyone for their prayers and support and asking everyone to respect the family’s privacy.
The parents also released a statement updating the public on the specifics of Good and Fairchild’s conditions on Wednesday:
The parasailing company, Aquatic Adventures, released a statement on Wednesday expressing sympathy for Monday’s events:
The events of July 1, 2013 were tragic. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the injured girls and we all pray for their speedy recovery.
While we adhere to best practices to minimize the risks associated with watersport activities, sudden weather conditions can and do occur. As a full investigation in on going, we are unable to comment further at this time.
Jeff Jones, Aquatic Adventures Management Group, Inc.