PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WANE) – Two northeast Indiana girls are in critical condition after a parasailing accident in Panama City Beach Florida on Monday.
Karen Parker, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), confirmed with NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday that the two girls injured were from Huntington, Ind and Roanoke, Ind.
Alex Overby, friends of the girls, said he was texting one of them before they went parasailing.
“I’d actually just got off text my friend Alexis earlier in the day when she told me she was going parasailing,” he said. “I said have fun.”
According to Parker, Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17, were parasailing together in a tandem harness over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday when an afternoon storm with strong winds developed.
Attempts to pull the two girls in were unsuccessful; the strong winds kept them up. The boat was anchored to prevent it from being pulled but the line holding holding the parasail and the two girls snapped.
FWC said the wind sent the girls crashing into the side of a condominium building.
After striking the building, investigators said they were then carried into a power line before falling onto several vehicles in a parking lot.
The impact of the girls hitting a car in the parking lot of the condominium caved in the roof and front windshield of an SUV.
According to Parker, Good and Fairchild were in critical condition as of Tuesday.
“It was traumatic, it was hard. It was hard to watch, something you’ll never forget,” said one of the witnesses of the accident.
#PrayforSidneyandAlexis was trending on twitter in the northeastern Indiana area on Tuesday after word of the accident began to spread.
Before anything had been confirmed with officials from Florida, NewsChannel 15 learned about the accident and the girls involved through Facebook comments, tweets, and Report It emails.
Overby and other friends of the girls are looking to raise money for their medical bills. They’re looking to raise $10,000. If you wish to donate, you can visit the GiveForward website.
The FWC is still investigating the incident.