Parasailing company faces lawsuit from previous incident
As two 17-year-old Indiana girls continue to show signs of improvement following a parasailing accident that left them in critical condition, the company is facing a lawsuit stemming from a separate incident.
Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good suffered head and neck injuries when their tow rope broke free Monday in Panama City, Florida. The girls hit the side of a condo, power lines and several cars on their way down.
We've also learned from our NBC affiliate in Panama City that this incident is similar to another accident in 2009, also involving two teenagers from Indiana. In that case, they landed in the water after their rope snapped.
The company, Aquatic Adventures, is facing a lawsuit, and yet another case involved a victim being run over by a jet-ski. The company reached a $650,000 settlement with that victim.
It's not known whether Aquatic Adventures will face any charges in this latest accident. The owner released a statement expressing sympathy for the injured teens and a disclaimer about the unpredictable nature of weather.
On Thursday evening, the Good and Fairchild families released the following update:
Our daughters, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, are still at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida recovering from a parasailing accident on July 1 however we have seen more progress from yesterday. Alexis was able to walk today with a walker and the assistance of a physical therapist and she walked into Sidney's room to visit.
Sidney is still in critical condition, but we are seeing small signs of progress. She is able to open one of her eyes and communicate to us with nods and gestures. We truly can't say enough about the outpouring of kindness and concern we've received from so many.
For those who have so generously offered to help, we have set up a benefit fund with PNC Bank called the Good & Fairchild Benefit Fund. There are locations here in Panama City Beach and in nearby Lynn Haven as well as multiple locations at home in Indiana. To find a location near you, please visit http://www.pnc.com.
We are amazed at what the power of prayer is doing to help our families through this. Thanks to all who are out there thinking of and praying for us.
Our daughters, Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, are still showing positive signs of recovery from their parasailing accident July 1 on Panama City Beach.
Alexis is stable and able to talk with visitors and is working with therapy to slowly begin walking further and more frequently. While she is still in pain from her injuries, each day she is improving.
Sidney is also showing improvement and seems more alert today. She is still on a ventilator so she is not able to talk, but has actually used some sign language to communicate with her mother, even asking for a scratch on her cheek. Sidney is still critical and is expected to have surgery to stabilize her neck early next week. As with Alexis, Sidney has a lot to recover from but seems to be improving a little each day.
Thanks to everyone that has taken such an interest in our girls and their recovery. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
The Good & Fairchild Benefit Fund has been established to help with growing medical expenses at PNC Bank which has branches in Panama City and many locations throughout Indiana and elsewhere. If you'd like to make a donation, you can find a PNC location near you at www.pnc.com.