July 2, 2013 - Statement from the Good and Fairchild Families
Our daughters, Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, were in an accident on Panama City Beach on July 1 and are currently both in critical condition at Bay Medical Center. We are very grateful for the love and support that we've received from family and friends at home as well as many people here in Panama City who have assisted us. We ask for privacy at this time as we focus on Alexis and Sidney. Thank you for respecting our wishes and for your concern for our daughters. We truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Two 17-year-old girls from Indiana have been identified as those injured in the parasailing accident off Thomas Drive on Panama City Beach Monday.
According to an incident report from the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild of Roanoke, IN were riding in a parasail when it became detached from the boat pulling it.
The two were blown by southbound winds into the Commodore Condominium at 4715 Thomas Drive, hitting a railing near the top of the condo and carrying over the building. The two hit power lines along Thomas Drive and then hit several parked cars in the parking lot.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, high winds were keeping the chute aloft. The tow vessel made several unsuccessful attempts to winch the riders back to the vessel. When those failed, the anchor was set to keep the boat from being pulled onto shore and the towline detached.
EMS transported them to Bay Medical Sacred Heart. According to the FWC report, the girls are in critical condition.
The BCSO report states lists 30-year-old Tyler Churchwell the operator of the boat involved. He is employed Aquatic Adventures of Panama City Beach.
The FWC is the lead investigating agency in this incident.
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