As two teenagers remain in critical condition after a parasailing accident Monday afternoon in Panama City Beach, hundreds of people in two states, Indiana and Florida, and many in between are showing their support on Twitter and in fundraisers.
The families of 17 year old Sidney Good and 17 year old Alexis Fairchild, both on vacation from Indiana, are feeling the support. They released a statement through Bay Medical Center Tuesday Afternoon.
"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 BayMedicalCenter. 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."
"#PrayForSidneyAndAlexis" is trending on Twitter as friends, family, witnesses of the accident, and even strangers show their support for Sidney and Alexis. The tweets multiply by the hour and include pictures and videos.
The friends were excited Monday afternoon to go parasailing with Aquatic Adventures. Alexis posted a tweet about their parasailing trip on Twitter saying she was "pumped." That trip took a frightening turn as a storm with strong winds moved towards shore.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say the boat's captain Tyler Churchwell was trying to bring the parasail down. He set the anchor to keep the boat from being pulled onto shore, but the towline detached and the riders were separated from the boat.
Several witnesses took video of what happened next. In one video, you can see the wind pull the parachute and riders up and into the 13th floor of The Commodore Condominium.
"I could tell they were going to impact the building so I just started running towards the building. As I looked up, they had impacted the corner of the 13th floor up there, and it was terrible," said Rick McGee who is on vacation in Panama City Beach with his family.
Mcgee and dozens watched helplessly from the beach as the girls then flew over the condo, into power lines along Thomas Drive, and landed among a group of cars in the condo's parking lot.
Alexis and Sidney were taken to Bay Medical Center in critical condition. As of Tuesday night, there isn't an update on their condition.
A close friend of both, Alex Overey has created a fundraiser to collect money for both families. As of Tuesday afternoon, he raised more than a thousand dollars which will be split between the families. If you would like to help out, visit the Give Forward website.