PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The owner of the company involved in a parasailing crash that seriously injured two Indiana girls in the Florida Panhandle says he's praying for their recovery.
In a statement to The News Herald, Aquatic Adventures owner Jeff Jones says that while his company follows guidelines to minimize the risks of parasailing, "sudden weather conditions can and do occur."
Jones declined further comment, noting that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating Monday's crash.
Sidney Renea Good of Roanoake, Ind. and Alexis Fairchild of Huntington, Ind., suffered serious injuries when the line from their parasail snapped. The 17-year-olds slammed into the side of a condominium and hit a power line before striking a parked car on the ground.
The teens remained hospitalized Thursday in Panama City. Their families released a joint statement Thursday and said they had seen progress from Wednesday and they are slowly doing better, ABC News reported.
"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 with us with nods and gestures," the statement said.
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