Indiana teens in critical condition after parasailing crash in Florida, community holds vigil
Friends of two teenagers badly hurt in a Florida parasailing accident have gathered in their northeastern Indiana hometown to pray for their recovery.
Organizers say groups of 20 or more joined in prayer services held Tuesday afternoon and evening at a Huntington church for 17-year-olds Sidney Good of Roanoake and Alexis Fairchild of Huntington.
They’ve been hospitalized in critical condition after strong winds caught the detached parasail in Panama City Beach on Monday and they crashed in to a building and parked vehicle.
Huntington North High School student Natalie Mills tells The Herald-Press that Good and Fairchild need prayers and she believes her happy-go-lucky friends will pull through.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports that a parasail had been attached to a boat Monday afternoon when the line broke. One victim dropped into the Gulf of Mexico and was rescued. The News Herald reports that two other people continued on until the parasail crashed into a nearby parking lot.
The accident on the parasail was called gruesome by one witness on vacation from Georgia. The teens smashed into a building, carried to a power line and crashed into several cars inside to parking lot, the report said. The teens both went limp after hitting the side of the condo and only one was conscious when rescuers arrived, the report said.
The paper identified the victims as Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17 and from Roanoke, Ind. Officials say they were transported to a local hospital.
Winds from a storm reportedly kept the parasail aloft and out of the grasps of the vessel attempting to recover them, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement.
“We knew they were going to hit, but there was nothing we could do about it,” Amy Barron, of Alabama, told the paper.
Aquatic Adventures, the company that owned the boat, told the paper it would have no comment.
Life Church youth pastor Hillary Vought says the prayer groups began late Monday after the girls’ classmates learned about the accident
Via: Fox News