Parasailing Accident Victims May Never Recover

PANAMA CITY BEACH-- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is releasing new video of the parasailing accident that left two Indiana teens critically injured.

One year after the tow-line snapped, the National Transportation Safety Board is still working to regulate the industry.

The two victims may never fully recover..

Indiana teens Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild looked happy and healthy walking across their graduation stage earlier this month.

But Good's lawyer says looks are deceiving.

Sidney Good's Lawyer, Wes Pittman, says, "Both girls have brain damage. One reads at a 5th to 6th grade level even though they have both graduated from high school. The other one reads at a third to fourth grade level."

On July 1, 2013, these 17 year old teenagers parasailed in Panama City Beach for the first time.

When the tow line snapped under strong winds, they were sent spinning out of control.

They smashed into a 13 story building, power lines, and finally the parking lot.

And it was all captured on camera.

Alexis Fairchild describes, "It's a helpless and awful feeling, because you don't know if you're really dead or if your friend is dead. Or if you are going to wake up if you shut your eyes."

Both girls underwent several surgeries.

And they're still struggling today.

Pittman says, "Both have serious orthopedic injuries, spinal surgeries with more coming, titanium plates and screws because of the multiple facial fractures. Her optic nerves were damaged and she sees only right down the center of what you're looking at between my two hands right now."

The girls' attorneys both claim the parasailing company was negligent by taking the girls on a parasail ride in extremely dangerous weather, the boat and parasail were too close to shore, and they used unsafe equipment.

Both cases are in litigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board cites 8 parasailers have been killed in accidents within the last four years.

Three gravely injured.

As of now, no one regulates the parasailing industry.


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