HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – Friends and even a few strangers turned out Tuesday at Cafe of Hope in Huntington to pray for the two teens who were hurt in a parasailing accident on Monday in Panama City Beach, Florida.
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.
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.
Close friends tell NewsChannel 15 news spread quickly. Many learned about the accident over text message. Late Tuesday afternoon, about 30 friends and even a few who did not know Alexis and Sidney well took part in a prayer vigil.
It was held at the Cafe of Hope in Huntington at 3pm. Some cried and even a few laughed as they recalled special memories with Alexis and Sidney.
“It has been really tough. I’ve been very emotional. I’ve been hopeful, keeping faith, and praying. I’ve lost sleep. I’ve prayed for these girls so, so much for them to pull through and come home safe,” close friend Janelle Walker explained.
Janelle said she had been friends with Alexis since first grade and Sidney since middle school.
NewsChannel 15’s Megan Reust spoke with some of Alexis and Sidney’s friends at the prayer vigil as well as the student organizer. Tonight at 11 they’ll explain why they’re so hopeful the girls will recover and be back to finish up their senior year at Huntington North High School.
Friends ask the public to pray for the girls. They’re also accepting donations to help pay for Alexis and Sidney’s medical bills. Click here to donate .