PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials said two Indiana teenagers were seriously injured in a parasailing accident Monday, July 1 in Panama City Beach.
Sidney Renea Good, of Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild, from Huntington, Ind., were parasailing in a tandem harness over the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City Beach when an afternoon storm developed with strong winds, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.
Strong winds kept the chute aloft and several attempts to winch the riders back onto the vessel failed.
Officials said 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.
According to FWC officials, the riders then impacted power lines, buildings and parked vehicles. Good and Fairchild were transported to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart in Panama City.
FWC investigators said the girls are in critical condition.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to investigate the accident.
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