Two teens in Panama City, Fla., are in critical condition after their parasail crashed into a building and made a hard landing onto a parking lot.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office reports that a parasail had been attached to a boat Monday afternoon when the line broke. While one victim dropped into the Gulf of Mexico and was rescued, a video taken from a cell phone on a nearby beach shows the two other victims continuing on until the parasail crashed into the nearby parking lot.
Two witnesses who acted as first responders for the victims told The News Herald that they saw the girls smash into a condominium before they were carried into a power line near Thomas Drive around 4 p.m. They then crashed into several cars in the parking lot before coming to rest.
“It was gruesome,” one of the witnesses told the local news outlet.
The report identified the teens as Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17-year-old girls from Roanoke, Ind.
Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. In a news release, the agency said a strong storm initiated problems that led to the crash.
“These winds kept the chute aloft, and several attempts to winch the riders back onto the vessel failed,” the news release states. “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.”
Good and Fairchild were rushed to the hospital after Monday’s incident. Others who came to their aid in the parking lot told The News Herald that while both girls were breathing, only one was conscious at the time.
Efforts have been made to reach out to Aquatic Adventures, the parasailing company that owned the boat, but a representative said the company would have no comment as of yet.
Panama City beach Florida parasail accident July 1, 2013
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