2 teens in critical condition after parasailing accident in Florida

Published: Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM CDT
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Onlookers gather at the scene of a parasail accident in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Heather...
Onlookers gather at the scene of a parasail accident in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Heather Leiphart/The News Herald)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Two Indiana teenagers are in critical condition at a Florida Panhandle hospital after a parasailing accident off Panama City Beach.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the two 17-year-olds were parasailing near the beach on Monday when a line attached to the boat broke and they crashed in to a building, power line and parked car.

The FWC is investigating the incident. The News Herald reports that Sidney Renea Good of Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild of Huntington, Ind., remained hospitalized in critical condition at Bay Medical Center on Tuesday.

The parasail operator responsible was identified as Aquatic Adventures. A person answering the phone said the company would have no comment on the tragedy.

In May of this year the Florida Legislature failed to pass a bill that would have regulated the parasailing industry. James Vaught, a managing partner of Aquatic Adventures in Panama City Beach, spoke to the News Herald in April about his opposition to the bill.

"It's a lot of bad information," Vaught said of the bill. "We're just not being looked at correctly… we're being looked at like a bunch of rogue pirates."

Aquatic Adventures controls the largest parasail fleet in the U.S., with 11 boats operating out of three area marinas and 60 beach locations, Vaught said then.

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